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Helen nun, charistikarea, and gerokomissa (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.20
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 23 mm

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans perhaps with a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Circular inscription within a double border of dots.

ΘΚΕΟΗΘ,ΤΗΣΗΔΟΥΛΗΕΛΕΝΗΜΟΝΑΧΗ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῇ σῇ δούλῃ Ἐλένῃ μοναχῇ

Reverse

Bust of St. Thomas; details indistinct. Inscription: Ο|Α|ΓΙ|ΟΘ|Ο|ΜΑ|Σ: ὁ ἅγιος Θομᾶς. Circular inscription within a double border of dots.

ΧΑΡΙ.ΤΙΚΑΡΕΑΚΑΙΓΙΡΟ...ΗΣΑ

χαριστικαρέᾳικαὶ γιροκομήσᾳ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῇ σῇ δούλῃ Ἐλένῃ μοναχῇ χαριστικαρέᾳικαὶ γιροκομήσᾳ.

Theotokos, help your servant, the nun Helen, charistikarea and gerokomissa.