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John (?) (seventh/eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1451
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Blank too small for die; rough.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type I). Border of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription in three lines. Border of dots.

α
..ου

ωάννου (?)

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει. Ἰωάννου (?).

Theotokos, help. (Seal of) John (?).

Commentary

The rough shape of this seal makes the reverse inscription somewhat uncertain; however, John is the likely reading. The multiple borders seemingly present on the reverse may be evidence of multiple strikes, an intended triple border, or wear and tear.