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Constantine deacon (or kandidatos) (seventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin, facing, holding the Christ child before her. Crosses on either side. Wreath border.

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

α - δ - ι - κ - ν - ο - σ - τ - υ - ω

Κωνσταντίνου διακόνου (or κανδιδάτου)

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin, facing, holding the Christ child before her. Crosses on either side. Wreath border.

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

α - δ - ι - κ - ν - ο - σ - τ - υ - ω

Κωνσταντίνου διακόνου (or κανδιδάτου)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1658
Diameter 25.0 mm; field: 19.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει. Κωνσταντίνου διακόνου (or κανδιδάτου).

Theotokos, give Thy aid. (Seal of) Constantine, deacon (or kandidatos).

Commentary

Both κανδιδάτου and διακόνου are possible readings in conjunction with the name Κωνσταντίνου in the reverse monogram, as is any other title or office that contains a Δ and uses the letters within the name of Constantine.