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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
1/6 Stater
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
4.75 cm
Width
4.65 cm
Height
1.20 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
164.50 - - National Museum of Denmark No No No
164.70 - Sept. 19, 2018 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
Iconography
Half-amphora
Wear
Little to no wear
Corrosion
Lightly corroded
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Autoptic examination:
Lead weight; square shape. Signs of wear and corrosion: chippings; very light bumps; flaking and brownish on the reverse. Very slightly raised and folded corners; rounded corners and edges; straight sides; little hollow in the center on the reverse. On the obverse, light frame and depiction of a half-amphora (Panathenaic type III or IV?) in relief. The amphora's body is domed; the neck is long. The handles extend to the rim. Around the half-amphora, letters in relief: HM ITP. (Height without relief: 0.85 cm)
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Legend type
Fac simile

HM ITP

Edition
Ἡμίτρ(ιτον)
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Greece: Attica
Findspot (site)
Peiraieus / Piraeus
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
Greece: Attica
City
Athens [Athenae]
Date of first acquisition
May 31, 1870
circumstances
Acquired in May 1870, purchased from Th. Heldreich (batch of 13 weights for 200 francs?). Bought in Athens. Found in Piraeus.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Chronological Period
Hellenistic period (338–27 BCE)
Terminus post quem
Terminus ante quem
Time frame
-
Comments on Chronology
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
National Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen) May 31, 1870 305
Heldreich Collection None None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
-
VARIA
Additional comment
Other inv. num.: M. 52
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