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Narses (?) archbishop (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.283
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 21 mm


Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Thin wreath border.

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription in four lines. Thin wreath border.


Νάρσου (?) ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νάρσου (?) ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ.

Lord, help your servant, the archbishop Narses (?).


The reading of the seal owner's name is uncertain; the ΝΑ is clear, and there seems to be the remains of a cross before it, rendering this the beginning of the word. The letter after the alpha seems to be a Γ, Ρ, or Σ; with the beginning read as such, Narses is the most likely reading, although if there is a letter before the ΝΑ, then Anastasios becomes the most likely reading.