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John archbishop of the Nikopoloi (seventh/eighth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4704

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 2.11a.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1763.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1240.

Details

Diameter:
34 mm
Field:
24 mm

Obverse

John archbishop of the Nikopoloi (seventh/eighth century)

St. Anastasia standing, holding a martyr's cross (r. hand). Crosses above on both sides. On either side the inscription. |ΗΑ|ΓΙ|Α|ΑΝ|ΑΣΤ|ΑΣ|ΙΑ: ἡ ἁγία Ἀναστασία. Wreath border.

Reverse

John archbishop of the Nikopoloi (seventh/eighth century)

A cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΙΑΝ|ΝΗ. Within concentric circles of dots, a circular inscription.

ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΤΜΝΙΚΠΟΛ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ ἀρχιεπισκόπου τῶμ Νικωπόλων

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ ἀρχιεπισκόπου τῶμ Νικωπόλων.

Mother of God, help John archbishop of the people of Nikopolis.

Audio

Commentary

Laurent saw fit to correct the last portion of the circular inscription on the reverse as Νικοπολιτων; however, this is not necessary (see below). Note the obvious mistake, τῶμ instead of τῶν, which was committed by a high quality engraver and cannot be explained by phonetics.

 

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