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Arminius:
Can someone read or identify the issuer of this lead seal:

Byzantine lead seal, unknown issuer, 1000-1100 AD.,
(27-28 mm / 10,15 g),
Obv.: facing bust of Virgin Hodeghetria (Theotokos Hodeghetria), nimbate, wearing tunic, holding infant Christ, nimbate, wearing tunic; in the field, MHTHP (in monogram) - U; whole in dotted border.
Rev.: Θ(EOTO)KE P(OH)Θ(EI) / EN..ΘYS / ..NAΓPAΦ / ..WNΘPA / (HNWN ?) , in five lines.

thanks and regards,

A.

pant:
The time is right: 1040-1050 AD


Text (6 lines): John, protospathar, kensor and anagrapheus of Thrakesion.

regards

Arminius:
Thanks !

I [imagine/guess and] see these letters:

Rev.: [IWA?] / [ΠPWTOΠA?]Θ / [K]ENC[OY?]S / ANAΓPAΦ / TWN ΘPA / KHCI / [WN ?]
(᾿Ιωάννῃ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ κένσωρι καὶ ἀναγραφεῖ τῶν Θρᾳκησίων - Ioannes, protospatharios kensor and anagrapheus of Thrakesion), text in 6 lines.

Is this the correct reading of the reverse inscription ?

Regards

pant:
Yes, but ÐPWTO = A

wegm:
The best reference for Byzantine seals is the seal section of the University of London's Byzantine Prosopography site at http://www.pbw.kcl.ac.uk/pbw/apps/browseseals.jsp It was easier to navigate in its old form, but it might point you in some useful directions.

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