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Seal of Theodoros Kandidatos? 7th-8th Century? 20.23 mm 13.42g

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pogh_poor:
I have been working on identifying this interesting Byzantine seal.  It measures 20.23 mm and weighs 13.42g. 
On the obverse is ΘΕΟΤΟΚΕ ΒΟΗΘΗ within a beaded circle 
On the reverse, I believe that there is within a beaded circle:

[ :Greek_Theta_2:  :Greek_epsilon:  ]
 :Greek_Omicron:  :Greek_Delta:  :Greek_omega_small:  :Greek_Rho:  :Greek_omega_small:
 :Greek_Kappa: :Greek_Alpha: :Greek_Nu: :Greek_Alpha: :Greek_Tau: :Greek_Delta:
 :Greek_Alpha:  :Greek_Tau:  :Greek_omega_small:  :cross:

I think that it reads:  Theotokos, help Theodoros kandidatos.  It appears to date to the 7th/8th Century.  Am I correct?

Kandidatos was a military rank? 

Pogh_poor

Gert:
Yes, you read that right. Late 7th-8th century. A kandidatos was originally a member of the imperial guard (the later emperor Justinian served as candidatus for Anastasius). By the time of your seal it was a court dignity.
Regards
Gert

pogh_poor:
Gert

Thank you for confirming my identification of this nice seal!

Pogh_poor

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