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Token (thirteenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2609
Diameter 27 mm
Condition No channel for suspension.

Obverse

Four letters in cruciform formation. Linear border.

ΟΡ

Δοροθ(έου) or Θ(εο)δώρ(ου)

Reverse

Four letters in cruciform formation. Linear border.

Ρo

Αἀρό(ν)

Translation

Δοροθέου or Θεοδώρου. Αἀρόν

(Token of) Dorotheos or Theodore and Aaron.

Commentary

It is very difficult to date this token, and our reading is very provisional. We have indicated a thirteenth-century date on the basis of the theta on the obverse, but this carries only limited weight. Both sides contain four letters in the formation of a cruciform, though they are unconnected and hence not monograms. Reading both sides counter-clockwise from the left, the obverse reads Dorotheos, the reverse Aaron. The obverse could also be read as Θεοδώρου.