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Daniel (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4104
Diameter 17 mm
Condition Double struck.

Obverse

St. John the Baptist (left) and St. Elias holding scrolls. Inscriptions: Α|Γ|Ι|Ο,Ι|ΠΡ: ἅγιος ὁ Πρόδρομος. At right, St. Elias: ὁ ἅγιος Ἰλίας. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines, cross above. Border of dots.


ΑΓΓΙΟΙ
ΟΗΗΘΕΙ
ΔΑΝΝΗΛ
ΔΛΧΥ̅

Ἅγγιοι βοήηθει Δανιὴλ δούλῳ Χριστο

Translation

Ἅγιοι βοήθει Δανιὴλ δούλου Χριστοῦ.

Saints, help Daniel servant of Christ.

Commentary

The engraver of the die appears to have had a bad day, since he carved two superfluous letters and rendered βοήθει in the singular when the plural form was necessary in an invocation to two saints.