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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
1/12 Stater , 1/8 Stater
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
3.70 cm
Width
3.70 cm
Height
1.10 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
94.00 - - Measurement done by D. Delvigne No No No
96.50 - - National Museum of Denmark No No No
94.60 - Sept. 18, 2018 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
Iconography
Half-tortoise
Wear
Lightly worn
Corrosion
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 and very little strokes, little ones on the lower right on the tortoise's shell and on the upper side; little cut on the upper right on the reverse; whitish. Very slightly folded corners; rounded corners and slightly convex sides; the upper side is bigger than the others. On the obverse, depiction of a half-tortoise in relief. The legs are elongated and folded alongside the body. In the four corners, letters (hardly visible) in relief: Δ̣Ε̣[MO]. (Height without relief: 0.8 cm)
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Legend type
Fac simile

Δ̣Ε̣[MO]

Edition
Δ̣ε̣[μό](σιον)
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Greece: Argolis
Findspot (site)
Eleutherna
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 Eleuthernai.
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 307
Heldreich Collection None None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
-
VARIA
Additional comment
Other inv. num.: M. 55
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