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Nikephoros vestarches, (son of) Aktarios (eleventh century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3090
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

W. Seibt, "Was the Byzantine dignitary Nikephoros bestarches, (son of) Aktarios (late 11th century), a man of Turkish origin?" in: Studia Academica Šumenensia. Contribution to Byzantine Sigillography. Ed. by Ivan Jordanov and Ivo Topalilov, Vol. 5 (2018), 72-74.

Obverse

St Demetrios standing, holding a spear and shield. Sigla on either side: |Δ|ΗΜ|Η|ΤΡ|Ι|Ο|Σ: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Δημήτριος. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

ΚΕ̅,Θ,
ΝΙΚΙΟΡ,
ΕΣΤΑΡΧΙ
ΤΑΡΚΤΑ̣
Ρ̣Ι̣̣

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Νικιφόρ(ῳ) βεστάρχι τοῦ Ἀρκταρίου

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Νικιφόρῳ βεστάρχι τοῦ Ἀρκταρίου.

Lord, help the vestarches Nikephoros (son of) Arktarios.