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Philip monk (?) (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.319
Diameter 16 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.


Effaced, but to be reconstructed as bust of a saint, facing, nimbate. At left, faint tracings of an inscription. Too obscure to be read. Linear Border.


Block Monogram. Linear Border.

α - ι - λ - π - Φ - χ

Φιλιππ μοναχ


Φιλιππῳ μοναχῷ.

Philip monk.


The obverse is legible through comparison to other specimens, particularly to BZS.1958.106.414. The reverse monogram on this seal is strange. The block monogram is apparently for Philip, while the title of monk may be found using the Χ above the monogram with the Alpha within it, in the manner of the typical abbreviation for monk . As strange as this would be, no other resolution seems more likely. It is also possible that the monogram reads Φιλαγρίου (Philagrios).