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Michael bishop of Skyros (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5121
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Cracked above at channel opening (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 56.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1752 (with an incorrect dating to the seventh century)

Obverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

....Ε
Ο..ΕΙ
ΤΣΔ
ΟΥΛ,

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

ΜΙΧΑ
ΗΛ,ΕΠΗΣ
ΚΟΠΣΚ
ΥΡΟΥ

Μιχαὴλ ἐπησκόπῳ Σκύρου

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μιχαὴλ ἐπησκόπῳ Σκύρου.

Lord, help your servant Michael bishop of Skyros.

Commentary

The abbreviation sign of line 2 of the reverse is superfluous unless it indicates the reading Μιχαηλίῳ, not a substantial difference in any case.

The bishopric of Skyros, an island of the Sporades, was probably in existence in the late 9th century (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 7, line 502) as a suffragan of Athens. The island was governed by an archon (DO Seals 2, no. 56.1). See Laurent, Corpus V/3, 104; Malamut, Iles, 228-30, 272-73, 300, 311-12, 366, 498.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5121
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Cracked above at channel opening (obv.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 56.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1752 (with an incorrect dating to the seventh century)