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

Accession number BZS.1955.1.5076
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 23 mm
Condition Token; no channel for suspension.
Previous Editions

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


Inscription of four lines. Incuse border.


Τῆς ἁγίας Θέκλας


Τῆς ἁγίας Θέκλας.

(Token of the church) of St. Thekla.


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).