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Constantine Bourtzes, patrikios (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Patriarchal cross (an Χ at the lower crossbar) mounted on three steps and ornamented at its base with fleurons that rise on both sides. Remains of a circular inscription within an indeterminate border.

κε...θε....ω....

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σδούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Indeterminate border.

.κν
..αντιν
.ατρικι
τρ
τζη

Κωνσταντίν πατρικί

Obverse

Patriarchal cross (an Χ at the lower crossbar) mounted on three steps and ornamented at its base with fleurons that rise on both sides. Remains of a circular inscription within an indeterminate border.

κε...θε....ω....

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σδούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Indeterminate border.

.κν
..αντιν
.ατρικι
τρ
τζη

Κωνσταντίν πατρικί

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1027
Diameter 24.0 mm

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ πατρικίῳ.

Lord, help your servant Constantine patrikios.

Commentary

In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw Collection, Laurent identifies this Constantine as the son of Michael Bourtzes, the conqueror and first duke of Antioch. Constantine served under Basil II, but was blinded by Constantine VIII on his accession to the throne.