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(John?) Doukas (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3512
Diameter 21 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.

Obverse

Bust of St. Mark. Details indistinct. On either side, inscription: |μ|α|ρκ|ο|σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Μάρκος. Outside a border of pellets enclosed by dots, traces of a circular inscription that begins at the top:

γ̣ι̣σσφρ̣γ̣

[σφρα]γὶς σφραγ[ίζω τὰς γραφ(ὰς) Ἰω(άννου)]

Reverse

Bust of St. John Chrysostom. Details indistinct. On either side, inscription: |ι̅|ο|στ|μο|σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Χρ(υσό)στ(ο)μος. Outside a border of pellets enclosed by dots, traces of a circular inscription that began at the top:

κ̣δκ

[ῥίζαν ἔχοντος ἐ]κ Δούκα [γένους κλάδου]

Translation

σφραγὶς σφραγίζω τὰς γραφὰς Ἰωάννου ῥίζαν ἔχοντος ἐκ Δούκα γένους κλάδου.

I, the seal, seal the letters of John, who stems from a branch of the Doukas family.

Commentary

The restoration is of course conjectural but is based on comparative inscriptions from other specimens.