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Nicholas patrikios, judge of the Hippodrome and of the Thrakesioi (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Faint outline of the Virgin standing, holding Christ on right arm. No discernible epigraphy. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, preceded by an ornament, the final letter between two bars. Border of dots.


θκεR,θ,
τσδ,
νικολ,π̅ρ̅ι̅
κριτ,επιτ,
ιοδρ,μ,
Sτ̅θρακ,
-σ,-

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Νικολ(άῳ) π(ατ)ρι(κίῳ), κριτ(ῇ) ἐπὶ τ(οῦ) Ἱπποδρ(ό)μ(ου) (καὶ) τ(ῶν) Θρᾳκ(η)σ(ίων).

Obverse

Faint outline of the Virgin standing, holding Christ on right arm. No discernible epigraphy. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, preceded by an ornament, the final letter between two bars. Border of dots.


θκεR,θ,
τσδ,
νικολ,π̅ρ̅ι̅
κριτ,επιτ,
ιοδρ,μ,
Sτ̅θρακ,
-σ,-

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Νικολ(άῳ) π(ατ)ρι(κίῳ), κριτ(ῇ) ἐπὶ τ(οῦ) Ἱπποδρ(ό)μ(ου) (καὶ) τ(ῶν) Θρᾳκ(η)σ(ίων).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4065
Diameter 35.0 mm; field: 32.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.19.

J. Nesbitt in SBS 2 (1990) 87-88.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικολάῳ πατρικίῳ, κριτῇ ἐπὶ τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου καὶ τῶν Θρᾳκησίων.

Mother of God, help your servant Nicholas patrikios, judge of the Hippodrome and of the Thrakesioi.

Commentary

On the obverse, traces from the original strike remain, showing a nimbate head and parts of a circular inscription: οηθ. On the reverse, at the top and at an angle, the following letters can be seen: χο|α,|επτ,|τε. The original strike appears to date from the same period as the overstrike and is situated at 45 degrees in relation to the overstrike.