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Ananias (sixth/seventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin between two crosses, facing and nimbate. Christ is seemingly before her, though badly worn. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

 - ι - ν - ν - ο - υ

Ἀνανίου

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin between two crosses, facing and nimbate. Christ is seemingly before her, though badly worn. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

 - ι - ν - ν - ο - υ

Ἀνανίου

Accession number BZS.1955.1.202
Diameter 17.0 mm

Translation

Ἀνανίου.

(Seal of) Ananias.

Commentary

The letter on the left arm of the reverse cruciform monogram is indistinct and uncertain, however it is likely an N, cf. BZS.1955.1.201 and Zacos-Veglery, no. 1110 (though it comes from a different boulleterion). Other possibilities for the reading of the monogram include the less common Ἀννιανοῦ (Annanianos), or Ἰουλιανοῦ (Julian)--made less likely by the duplication of the Ν instead of the insertion of an explicit Λ.