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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
1/2 Mina
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
4.80 cm
Width
4.80 cm
Height
1.65 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
325.00 - Jan. 16, 2019 Autopsy Louise Willocx No No Yes
325.00 - - Babelon & Blanchet 1895 No No No
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Athena / Minerva Stamped / Countermarked Head
Amphora Relief
Wear
Lightly worn
Corrosion
Lightly corroded
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
BnF: Demi-mine attique carrée. Plomb. L. 4,7 cm; épaisseur 1,5 cm; Poids: 325 gr. HM-I (ἡμιμναίον) dans le champ droit; METPO (μετρονόμων) dans le champ gauche. Une amphore; sur la panse, une contremarque représentant une tête casquée (?); au pourtour, une bordure en relief.
Babelon & Blanchet 1895: Poids quadrangulaire. Demi-mine attique. Une des faces est décorée d’une amphore. À droite de l’amphore, la légende HMI (ἡμιμναῖον), à gauche METPO (μετρονόμων). Un léger rebord sur le pourtour. Plomb. Poids, 325 gr. Long. Des côtés, 47 mill. Acquis en 1891. [Babelon & Blanchet 1895]
Autoptic examination: Lead weight, square shape. Signs of wear and corrosion: very light strokes on the frame; small bumps on the amphora and the countermark; light cuts and grooves on the sides; on the reverse, small strokes, greyish and very slightly concave edges. Straight corners, edges and sides; the upper right corner is flattened and folded. On the obverse, thin frame and depiction of an amphora in relief. The amphora’s neck, foot and handles are long and thin. The handles extend to the rim. On the right and left edges, letters in thin relief: HMI METPO. On the amphora’s body, round countermark with a helmeted head of Athena to the right (?). [LW]
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Greek Relief Denomination, Mint
Fac simile

HM–I | ΜΕΤΡΟ

Edition
Ἡμ–ι(μναῖον) | μετρο(νόμων)
Monogram
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
Greece: Attica
City
Athens [Athenae]
Date of first acquisition
July 23, 1891
circumstances
Achat en vente publique le 23/07/1891, vendu par Hoffmann; Achat à M. Chevallier (vente Hoffmann).
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
FROM -500 TO -50
Comments on Chronology
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
National Library of France (Paris) July 23, 1891 Bronze 2233 (ex reg.L.2649)
Fould Collection None None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Auction Hoffmann 1891 26 188 pl. VI (non vidi)
Babelon and Blanchet 1895 675 2233 2233 None
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