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Kosmas imperial spatharios and kommerkiarios of Thessalonica (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.166
Diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.38a.
Cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 2087.

Obverse

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

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

ΚΟΣΜ
Β/ΣΠΘ/ΚΟΜ
ΜΕΡΚ/ΘΕΣΣ
ΑΛΟΝΙΚ/

Κοσμᾷ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ κομμερκιαρίῳ Θεσσαλονίκης

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κοσμᾷ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ κομμερκιαρίῳ Θεσσαλονίκης.

Theotokos, help your servant Kosmas imperial spatharios and kommerkiarios of Thessalonica.

Commentary

This is one of eight seals in the DO collection attributed to the same owner, quite possibly the rapacious merchant Kosmas, who together with his colleague Staurakios provoked the Bulgaro-Byzantine war of 894; cf. Oikonomides, Abydos.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.166
Diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.38a.
Cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 2087.

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