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Basil (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans. On either side, the sigla: μρ̅θυ̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
εσ
ποινσ
ζεσιλ
ειονοι
τη
  

δέσποινα, σῷζε Βασίλειον οἰ(καί)τη(ν)

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans. On either side, the sigla: μρ̅θυ̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
εσ
ποινσ
ζεσιλ
ειονοι
τη
  

δέσποινα, σῷζε Βασίλειον οἰ(καί)τη(ν)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2102
Diameter 22.0 mm; field: 18.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 620.

Translation

δέσποινα, σῷζε Βασίλειον οἰκέτην.

Lady, protect your servant Basil.

Commentary

Note the unusual abbreviation in the word οἰκέτην, rendered literally in the transcription and tacitly corrected in the normalized reading.