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John megas chartophylax. . . (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2554
Diameter 29 mm

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas. Inscription: Ο|Λ: ἅγιος Νικολάος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in six lines with cross above. Border of dots.


ΚΕΟΘ,
ΤΟΣΟΔΙ
ΧΑΡΤΟ.
ΥΛΑΝΙ
..ΚΟ.
Τ,

Κύριε βοήθει τό σό δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ μεγάλῳ χαρτοφύλακι . . .

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τό σό δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ μεγάλῳ χαρτοφύλακι καὶ. . .

Lord, help your servant John, megas chartophylax and . . .

Commentary

The last three lines of the reverse inscription are not clear; we may read καὶ ἐπὶ τοῦ κοιτῶνος, but the possible ΕΠ looks more like ΑΝ, and there seems to be too much space after the ΚΟ for just an Ι.