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John (?) apo eparchon (?) and kommerkiarios (sixth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1708
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.


Block monogram. No visible border.

α - ε - ι - ν - ο - π - ρ  - υ - χ - ω

Ἰωάννου (?) ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων (?)


Block monogram. Indeterminate border.

α - ε - ι - κ - μ - ο - ρ - υ



Ἰωάννου (?) ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων (?) κομμερκιαρίου.

(Seal of) John (?) apo eparchon (?) (and) kommerkiarios.


The two block monograms on this seal cannot be certainly resolved, as there are too many possible satisfactory resolutions. The obverse contains a complex monogram, likely with a name and either the office of eparch (ἐπάρχου) or the title of apo eparchon (ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων); the most likely resolution is John apo eparchon, so that reading has been chosen here. However, other possible resolutions include John eparch, and Peter apo eparchon. While the obverse monogram looks very similar to the reverse monogram, the latter seems to read kommerkiarios.