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John monk (?) and patriarchal chartoularios (eighth/ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.5
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Chipped on the reverse (right).
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 65.


Cruciform invocative monogram (type XII). In the quarters: τσ|λ. Border of dots.

Χριστὲ βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.


Ἰωάνννῃ μοναχ (?) πατριαρχικῷ χαρτουλαρίῳ


Χριστὲ βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάνννῃ μοναχῷ (?) πατριαρχικῷ χαρτουλαρίῳ.

Christ, help your servant John monk (?) (and) patriarchal chartoularios.


Laurent reads the second line of the reverse as ΝΗΠΑ and saw the owner as a patriarchal chartoularios. However, the third letter is clearly an alpha, and there is no Π visible. We have therefore amended his reading, interpreting the Α as the beginning of the AX abbreviation for monk, a logical possibility for a patriarchal chartoularios, and a common two letter abbreviation that fits within the space.