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David (?) patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Sicily (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: .Σ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Indeterminate border.

Δ.
ΠΤΡΗΚ
ΒΣΠΘ.
ΣΤΡΤΗΓΟ.
ΗΚΕΛΗΣ
ΜΗΝ

Δαβὶδ πατρηκίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ (καὶ) στρατηγο Σηκελήας, ἀμήν.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: .Σ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Indeterminate border.

Δ.
ΠΤΡΗΚ
ΒΣΠΘ.
ΣΤΡΤΗΓΟ.
ΗΚΕΛΗΣ
ΜΗΝ

Δαβὶδ πατρηκίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ (καὶ) στρατηγο Σηκελήας, ἀμήν.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4168
Diameter 35.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.16.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2612.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Δαβὶδ πατρηκίῳ, βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγο Σηκελήας, ἀμήν.

Theotokos, help your servant David, patrikios, imperial protospatharios and strategos of Sicily. Amen.

Commentary

Zacos-Veglery suggest that the name could be read ΙΩΑΝΝΗ, but the initial letter appears to have the flat base of a Δ.