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Michael protospatharios, hypatos, and strategos of Euxeinos Pontos (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas blessing and holding a book. Inscription in two columns: Ο|Α|Γ|ΙΝ|Ι|ΚΟ|Λ|Α,. Ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, the final letter between two horizontal bars. Border of dots.

+ΚΕ̅,Θ,
ΜΙΧΑΗΛ
ΑˋΣΠΑΘΑΡ,
ΥΠΑΤΣΤΡ,
ΤΙΓ,ΤΕΥ
ΞΝΠˊΝ
Τ,

Κύριε βοήθει Μιχαὴλ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ, ὑπάτ καὶ στρατιγ τοῦ Εὐξείνου Πόντου

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas blessing and holding a book. Inscription in two columns: Ο|Α|Γ|ΙΝ|Ι|ΚΟ|Λ|Α,. Ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, the final letter between two horizontal bars. Border of dots.

+ΚΕ̅,Θ,
ΜΙΧΑΗΛ
ΑˋΣΠΑΘΑΡ,
ΥΠΑΤΣΤΡ,
ΤΙΓ,ΤΕΥ
ΞΝΠˊΝ
Τ,

Κύριε βοήθει Μιχαὴλ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ, ὑπάτ καὶ στρατιγ τοῦ Εὐξείνου Πόντου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.463
Diameter 26.0 mm; field: 20.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Mušmov, Vizantijski, 348, no. 51.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Μιχαὴλ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ, ὑπάτῳ καὶ στρατιγῷ τοῦ Εὐξείνου Πόντου.

Lord, help Michael, protospatharios, hypatos, and strategos of Euxeinos Pontos.

Commentary

The present specimen seems to be a copy of seal M-6894 of the Hermitage Collection.

On the seals of officials active in Pontos, see the commentary to BZS 1951.31.5.108.