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John/Paul (?) (proto)notarios (?) (seventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type I). Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

α - ι - ν - ο - π - ρ - τ - υ - ω

Ἰωάννου/Παύλου (?) (πρωτο)νοταρίου (?)

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type I). Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

α - ι - ν - ο - π - ρ - τ - υ - ω

Ἰωάννου/Παύλου (?) (πρωτο)νοταρίου (?)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2355
Diameter 25.0 mm; field: 21.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει . . . Ἰωάννου/Παύλου (?) (πρωτο)νοταρίου (?).

Theotokos, help . . . John/Paul (?) (proto)notarios (?).

Commentary

The resolution of the reverse monogram is unclear; it can be resolved as πρωτονοταρίου, but that would not account for the lack of a name on the obverse. It could be a complex monogram such as Ἰωάννου πρώτου or πρωτονοταρίου, or Παύλῳ (πρωτο)νοταρίῳ. This seal cannot be satisfactorily resolved from among these options.