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George imperial spatharios (seventh/eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Eagle with uplifted wings and head turned to right. In field above head of eagle, mostly effaced cruciform monogram, seemingly an invocative monogram. Indeterminate border.

Θεότοκε βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription in five lines with cross at beginning of first line and end of last. Linear border.

ΓΕ
ΟΡΓΙΩ
ΒΑΣΙΛΙΚ
ΩΣΠΑΘΑ
ΡΙ.

Γεοργίου βασιλικῷ σπαθαρί

Obverse

Eagle with uplifted wings and head turned to right. In field above head of eagle, mostly effaced cruciform monogram, seemingly an invocative monogram. Indeterminate border.

Θεότοκε βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription in five lines with cross at beginning of first line and end of last. Linear border.

ΓΕ
ΟΡΓΙΩ
ΒΑΣΙΛΙΚ
ΩΣΠΑΘΑ
ΡΙ.

Γεοργίου βασιλικῷ σπαθαρί

Accession number BZS.1955.1.338
Diameter 27.0 mm

Translation

Θεότοκε βοήθει Γεοργίου βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ.

Theotokos, help George imperial spatharios.

Commentary

The obverse invocative monogram is obscure, but can be supplied from a similar seal, Zacos-Veglery, no. 620; also similar to that seal, George is spelled Γεοργίου instead of Γεωργίου on the reverse.