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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
1/6 Mina
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Rectangle
Length
4.05 cm
Width
3.70 cm
Height
0.65 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
75.10 - Dec. 31, 1927 National Museum of Denmark No No No
76.00 - - National Museum of Denmark No No No
73.10 - Sept. 19, 2018 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
Iconography
Crescent
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; rectangular shape. Signs of wear and corrosion: chippings and little bumps; greyish; cut on the right edge; on the reverse: big stroke with a hole on the upper right corner, smaller one on the left edge , bump on the lower left corner. Slightly bevelled and folded corners; slightly rounded edges; straight sides. On the obverse, light frame and depiction of a thin crescent in relief. Below the crescent, letters hardly visible in relief ? (uncertain). (Height without relief: 0.6 cm)
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Legend type
Fac simile
Edition
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Greece: Attica
Findspot (site)
Athens [Athenae]
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 Athens.
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 309
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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