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Costantinakios kommerkiarios of Didymoteichon (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1782
Diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 50.1.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1438.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII); in each of the quarters, a cross. Indeterminate border.

Κύριε βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

ΚΟΣΤΑ
..ΙΝΑΚ/ΚΟ
ΜΕΡΚ/ΤΔ
ΙΔΥΜΟΤ/

Κοσταντινακίῳ κομερκιαρίῳ τοῦ Διδυμοτείχου

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Κοσταντινακίῳ κομερκιαρίῳ τοῦ Διδυμοτείχου.

Lord, help Costantinakios kommerkiarios of Didymoteichon.

Commentary

Zacos-Veglery incorrectly read lines 1-2 as: Κονσταντίνο βασιλικῷ κομερκιαρίῳ.

The obverse decoration, basically a "Jerusalem cross," has a parallel on the seal of Antonios I Kassimatas, patriarch of Constantinople from 821 to 837 (Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 45). Considering also the fact that the beta at the base of our specimen's monogram has two loops, we may date this bulla to the first half of the ninth century. We recall here the dated seals of kommerkiarioi of Adrianoupolis: DO Seals 1, no. 44.5 and 44.6. These seals and the present one point to established trade along the Hebros River in the ninth century.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1782
Diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 50.1.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1438.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1782
Diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 50.1.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1438.