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Seller: Top-Rated Seller charmonas (656) 100%, Location: LIMASSOL, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 173900972562 0 0 1 71 409 Μονὴ Λεκατσᾶ 3 1 479 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Very interesting byzantine lead seal (first half of 7th cent.).Condition: Fine/Very Fine (as in pictures). Uncleaned. Natural earthen reddish patina. Diam.: 22 mm Weight: 13.98 gr. Obverse: The letters of the name of the owner of the seal in cruciform arrangement: KOCΜΑ (of Kosmas), stars in 4 corners.Rev.: A large latin U (=A), with an S inside, between decorative stars in four corners. The 2 letters consist the initials of the rank of the owner of this seal, that is AS[EKRETIS]. The term asekretis (Greek: ἀσηκρῆτις, translit. asēkrētis, invariable form) designated a senior class of secretaries in the Byzantine imperial court in the 6th–12th centuries.The term is derived from the Latin a secretis, and in its full form was "asekretis of the court" (ἀσηκρῆτις τῆς αὺλῆς, asēkrētis tēs aulēs). It seems to be an innovation of the 6th century, as the contemporary historian Procopius of Caesarea found it necessary to explain it to his readers. Modern scholars have sometimes assumed that it dates to the 4th century, but the only reference to it, in the acts of the Council of Chalcedon, actually dates from a 6th-century translation of the document.The asekretis succeeded the referendarii as the senior-most members of the imperial secretariat, above the notarii. Some of them were attached to the praetorian prefectures. Seals of the office's holders survive from the 6th and 7th centuries, while a reference from the Third Council of Constantinople (680) indicates the existence of a senior asekretis who functioned as head of the class, probably the predecessor of the later protasekretis.The asekretis are attested as holding mid-level dignities, from the rank of protospathariosto spathariosand sometimes even lower.Eminent members of the class included the emperor Anastasios II (r. 715–717), and the Patriarchs of Constantinople Tarasios(784–806) and Nikephoros I(806–815). The office continues to be mentioned until the 12th century, after which it disappears, with the generic term grammatikos taking its place.(From Wikipedia) Nice and rare piece, acquired in a European auction.Please check well photos for condition!No reserve, no returns! PLEASE NOTE: PAYMENT BY PAYPAL ONLY, AFTER 3-5 DAYS THE AUCTION HAS ENDED, OTHERWISE THE ITEM WILL BE RELISTED. SHIPPING AFTER PAYMENT CLEARING BY REGISTERED MAIL WITH TRACKING NO.I DO COMBINE SHIPPING. IN CASE OF MULTIPLE PURCHASES, DO NOT PAY UNTIL I SEND YOU AN INVOICE WITH A DEDUCTION IN SHIPPING COST. MANY THANKS FOR LOOKING MY ITEM. PLEASE HAVE ALSO A LOOK ON THE REST I HAVE ON EBAY. Condition: Condition F/VF, as in pictures. Uncleaned, with nice natural earthen reddish patina. A 100% genuine piece., Cleaned/Uncleaned: Uncleaned, Modified Item: No, Grade: F/VF, BYZANZ SIEGEL: BYZANTINE LEAD SEAL

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