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Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 2750. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $1310. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ITALO-BYZANTINE. ICONOGRAPHIC SILVER PHALERA or PLAQUETTE. Circa 7th -8th century. AR with niello inlay (6.86 gm). Bust of Christ facing, cross behind head, wearing chiton and himation; right hand in benediction and in left, book of Gospels; in field, IC-XC / Cruciform invocative monogram; in four angles, QEO / FU / LA / KTO. Two link mounts and, one circular link. For similar cruciform monograms on lead seals cf. Zacos I 1389 ff., and for Theopholakos see Zacos III, pgs. 1865-6. Well engraved with niello inlay. Good VF. ($1000)