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(Token of the church of) St. Thekla (twelfth/thirteenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.5076

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 60.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1919 (tenth century).

Details

Diameter:
28 mm
Field:
23 mm
Condition:
Token; no channel for suspension.

Obverse

(Token of the church of) St. Thekla (twelfth/thirteenth century)

Cross in center with an oblique comma in each quarter and two pellets slightly above the terminus of each cross's four segments. Heavy linear border.

Reverse

(Token of the church of) St. Thekla (twelfth/thirteenth century)

Inscription of four lines. Incuse border.

ΤΗΣ
ΑΑΣ
ΘΕΚΛ
ΑΣ

Τῆς ἁγίας Θέκλας

Translation

Τῆς ἁγίας Θέκλας.

(Token of the church) of St. Thekla.

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Commentary

Laurent dated this specimen to the tenth century, but we prefer the twelfth or thirteenth centuries, based on the decorative tail at the bottom of the tau (beginning of the first line on the reverse). Laurent is correct that the specimen is a token and quite likely associated with charity among the poor. In our opinion it is of relatively late date and accordingly may have been struck on behalf of the church of St. Thekla παρὰ τὸν λιμένα Ἰουλιανοῦ, an imperial foundation that appears to have still existed in the thirteenth century (Janin, Églises, 142).

 

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