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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
4 Minas , 2 Staters
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
9.30 cm
Width
9.30 cm
Height
3.00 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
1752.80 - Jan. 16, 2019 Autopsy Louise Willocx No No Yes
1854.00 - - Rankavēs 1855 No No No
1821.00 - - Babelon & Blanchet 1895 ; Michon 1907 No No No
1854.38 - - Henzen 1849, Schillbach 1865, Pernice 1894 No No No
1753.70 - - Killen 2017 (autopsy) No No No
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Four spokes of wheel Relief
Athena / Minerva Stamped / Countermarked RIGHT Head
Wear
Lightly worn
Corrosion
Lightly corroded
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
BnF: Tétramine attique carrée. Plomb. L. 9,2 cm ; l. 9,2 cm ; épaisseur : 1,5 cm (3cm avec les reliefs) ; Poids: 1821 gr. Entre les croisillons, ΔEMO. METPONOMΩN entourant le poinçon. Le droit est divisé en quatre registres sur une croix pattée, en fort relief. Au centre de la croix, un poinçon représentant la tête de Minerve casquée.
Babelon & Blanchet 1895: Poids quadrangulaire. Tétramine attique. L’une de ses faces est divisée en 4 parties égales par une croix pattée, en haut relief. Entre les croisillons, les quatres lettres en relief ΔΕΜΟ. Au centre de la croix, un poinçon représentant la tête de Minerve casquée et entourée de la légende ΜΕΤΡΟΝΟΜΩΝ.
Pernice: Quadratische Bleistücke. Verschollen. Oben in der Mitte Stempel mit Athenakopf und der Umschrift METPONOMΩN. In den Ecken ΔΕΜΟ. Gut erhalten. Wahrscheinlich Vierminenstück. Aus Piräus. Gewicht 1854 3/8 gr. (Einheit 463,59 gr).
Autoptic examination: Lead weight, square shape. Signs of wear and corrosion: chippings; vers light bumps and hollows; very little round hollows on the sides; big white trace on the reverse; greyish. Straight corners, edges and sides. On the obverse, depiction of a four spokes wheel in relief. The ends of the wheel are higher and wider on the edges. In the four corners (between the spokes), letters in relief: ΔΕΜΟ. In the center of the wheel, round countermark barely legible (helmeted head of Athena to the right?). (Height without relief: 1.75 cm).
Killen 2017: Quadratisches Gewicht mit Relief: Rad mit 4 Speichen, in der Mitte: runder Stempel: Athenakopf n. r., att. Helm. Inschr.: im Stempel: ΜΕΤΡΟΝΟΜΩΝ; in den 4 Ecken: ΔΕ|ΜΟ(σιον) (umlaufend).
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Greek Stamped / Countermarked Authority
Greek Relief Mint
Fac simile

ΔΕΜΟ(σιον) [METPONOMΩΝ]

Edition
Δεμό(σιον)
[Mετρονόμων]
Monogram
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
Greece: Attica
City
Peiraieus / Piraeus
Date of first acquisition
Dec. 31, 1862
circumstances
BnF: Don du Duc de Luynes (Honoré Théodoric d’Albert) en 1862.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
FROM -600 TO -27
Comments on Chronology
Killen 2017: 2. Hälfte 6. Jh. – 20er Jahre 5. Jh. v. Chr. (nach Hitzl 1996, 112 f.); Stempel: 4. Jh. v. Chr. (Verf., vgl. Kap. 7.2.1).
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
National Library of France (Paris) Dec. 31, 1862 Bronze 2232 (ex Luynes 804)
Luynes Collection None 804 (inv. 1)
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Henzen 1849 147 None None None
Rankavēs 1855 589 894d pl. XX/fig. 894d = Monumenti dell'Instituto archeologico di Roma, t.VIII, pl. XIV, n°79
Vázquez Queipo 1859 488 None None None
Schillbach 1865 206–207 79 None None
Soutzo 1884 61 274 None None
Michon 1890 20 None None None
Pernice 1894 122 271 None None
Babelon and Blanchet 1895 674–675 2232 2232 None
Michon 1907 551 None fig. 5729 None
Killen 2017a 179 Athe VI b 1 pl. 8/6 None
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