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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
1/4 Stater
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
4.20 cm
Width
4.50 cm
Height
1.60 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
227.00 - - National Museum of Denmark No No No
225.00 - Sept. 19, 2018 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
Iconography
Tortoise
Wear
Lightly worn
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: big hole on the tortoise's shell below; big stroke on the lower edge; cuts, grooves and strokes with hollows on the reverse and the sides; beige on the reverse. Straight corners and sides; the reverse is slightly hollowed. On the obverse, depiction of a tortoise in relief. The dots on the shell are hardly visible; there are two little dots on the head for the eyes; little tail. The legs are elongated and stretched, little cuts on the upper right leg for the fingers. Around the tortoise, letters in relief: ΤΕΤΑΡΤH. (Height without relief: 1.3 cm)
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Legend type
Fac simile

TETAPTH

Edition
Τεταρτη(μόριον)
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Greece: Argolis
Findspot (site)
Didymi
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 Didymi (Argolis).
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 306
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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