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Frans Diederik:
Some time ago I bought this byzantine lead seal. Although the letters are mostly clear, I can make head nor tails of the texts on both sides.
Can anyone give me a hand?

Frans

Holding_History:
Interesting, looks like a combo of latin and greek, not sure if that is possible though.
Nathan

justinopolitanus:
]ΚΑΙC?
ΠΡΟCO?
ΤΩΝ  ΚΥΡ?
???ΕΟΤΟ?
ΟΤΗΝΑ
??O?


KE??
ΩΕΩΑ
??ΙΚΗΤΑ
??ΑΘΚ?
CCΠΙΤΗ*
??

Frans Diederik:
As I have it in hand, I might read some symbols differently, but the overall reading is correct:

ΚΑΙC..           ΚεΗΟ
ΠΡΟCΟΝ..         ΙωCωΔ
ΤωΝΚΥΡΗ         ..ΙΚΗΤΑ
ΙεεΘΤΟ…         ..ΠΑΘΚΔ
ΟΤЎΚΛΤ         ΔΠΙΤΥЖΓ
..ΛΟ..             ΚΛ


I am very curious to know what other see in it, and more especially what it all means!


Frans

Gert:
Hi Frans,
The photo's of obverse and reverse are the other way around. The legend begins with an invocation 'Lord help your servant...' (Kyrie boethe to so doulo - abbreviated KERO / TW CW D), and then follows the seal's owner's name and offices. You can read his name Niketas [N]IKHTA in the 3rd line and his first office 'spatharokandidatos' - CPATH KDD in the 4th.
Regards
Gert

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