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(John ?) monk (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans. Remains of inscription: ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines with with decoration above. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕ
ΟΗΘ..
ΜΟΝΑΧ
.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ(?) μοναχῷ

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans. Remains of inscription: ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines with with decoration above. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕ
ΟΗΘ..
ΜΟΝΑΧ
.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ(?) μοναχῷ

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4861
Diameter 23.0 mm; field: 16.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ (?) μοναχῷ.

Theotokos, help the monk John.

Commentary

The reverse is only lightly imprinted because it is overstruck and hence quite difficult to read; the right side of the inscription is almost entirely effaced. The name "John" is restored here tentatively, as a two-letter name (ΙΩ) which could fill the small gap in which a name must be present.