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(John ?) monk (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4861

Details

Diameter:
23 mm
Field:
16 mm
Condition:
Double struck.

Obverse

(John ?) monk (tenth/eleventh century)

Bust of the Virgin orans. Remains of inscription: ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

(John ?) monk (tenth/eleventh century)

Inscription in four lines with with decoration above. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕ
ΟΗΘ..
ΜΟΝΑΧ
.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ(?) μοναχῷ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ (?) μοναχῷ.

Theotokos, help the monk John.

Audio

Commentary

The reverse is only lightly imprinted because it is overstruck and hence quite difficult to read; the right side of the inscription is almost entirely effaced. The name "John" is restored here tentatively, as a two-letter name (ΙΩ) which could fill the small gap in which a name must be present.

 

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