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Argyros spatharokandidatos (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1537
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Badly effaced and nearly illegible.

Obverse

Faint outline of the bust of a holy figure, likely the Mother of God. No epigraphy or inscription visible. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

αρ
γυρσπα
θαρ,καν
ι

Ἀργυρ(ῷ) σπαθαρ(ο)κανδιδ(άτῳ)

Translation

Ἀργυρῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ.

(Lord or Mother of God, help) Argyros, spatharokandidatos.

Commentary

This seal has deteriorated to the point where two very different readings have been given. We follow Oikonomides's transcription made many years ago and stored in the DO files, but we should note here Wassiliou-Seibt’s reading in the second volume of her catalogue of metrical seals: ὁ ἀρχάγγελος σῴζοις Μιχαὴλ λάτρην. In our view this reading cannot be reconciled with the faint remains of the inscription on the reverse.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1537
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Badly effaced and nearly illegible.
Accession number BZS.1958.106.1537
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Badly effaced and nearly illegible.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1537
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Badly effaced and nearly illegible.

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