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Jeton (?) (seventh/eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.5095
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/3, 1925.


The Virgin standing, nimbate, holding the Christ Child in her l. arm. Inscription in columns to her l. and r.: |ΘΕ|ΟΤΟ|ΚΕΒΟ|ΗΘ|Ι. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει


Cruciform monogram, reading Θεοῦ; in the quarters: ΧΑΙΣ. Wreath border.

χάρις Θεοῦ


Θεοτόκε βοήθει. χάρις Θεοῦ

Theotokos, help. Grace of God.


This may be an amulet or jeton, as there does not seem to be a name, and the canal is seemingly merely for suspension of the item.