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« on: February 16, 2019, 04:46:14 am »

I have a small Byzantine seal in a style that I am not familiar with - I am not even sure of the orientation.  I am assuming that there are an  A Alpha and a  Greek_Theta_2 theta and positioned it accordingly.  It measures approximately 12.7 mm and weighs 1.34 g.  It looks early to me  I would appreciate any comments.  Pogh_poor
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2019, 12:08:30 pm »

I did not indicate before, but both the obverse and reverse have the  A and  Greek_Theta_2  Pogh_poor
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2019, 07:45:09 pm »

An A and an O would be a Christian reference maybe?
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2019, 06:46:09 am »

I think that it is most likely a monogram for a personal name.  Pogh_poor
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2019, 02:32:32 pm »

I cannot see the theta. I do not know what it is, but it does not seem to be ancient, butthe style is rather modern or early modern.
It is only a guess, I have not seen anything like this.
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2019, 03:08:01 pm »

It a Byzantine seal from a lot including 6 most definitely 6th century.  The bar  from the Byzantine Greek A   A extends through the circle to make the theta ..  There is probably some ligature of letters going on too.  pogh_pogh

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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2019, 03:56:27 pm »

Rather than early, this may be late and European rather than Byzantine.  I have seen this 4 shape Apha-Omega form on sixteen-eighteenth century French merchants' seals, usually surrouned by the merchant's name, but apparently missing here because of small flan.

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