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John imperial cleric and kouboukleisios (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.224

Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 172.

Details

Diameter:
19 mm
Field:
17 mm

Obverse

John imperial cleric and kouboukleisios (tenth/eleventh century)

Bust of St. Nicholas, nimbate, dressed as a bishop, blessing with r. hand and holding the Gospel in l. hand. Circular inscription within border of dots.

αε,τωσωδ,λ,

Ἅγιε Νικόλαε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ

Reverse

John imperial cleric and kouboukleisios (tenth/eleventh century)

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

ιωαν
ν·κλιρ.
κωκου
ουκλ,
σιω

Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ κλιρικῷ καὶ βασιλικῷ κουβουκλεισίῳ

Translation

Ἅγιε Νικόλαε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ κλιρικῷ καὶ κουβουκλεισίῳ.

St. Nicholas, help your servant John imperial cleric and kouboukleisios.

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Commentary

The first two letters of the second line are not entirely clear; however, they seem to read Ν, a · marking an abbreviation, then a , thus making this John an "imperial" cleric. The other less likely reading is that they are ΝΗ, and thus that he is a non-imperial cleric,

 

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