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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
1/8 Mina
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
2.60 cm
Width
2.60 cm
Height
1.00 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
57.55 - Dec. 31, 1927 National Museum of Denmark No No No
57.60 - - Measurement done by D. Delvigne No No No
58.00 - - National Museum of Denmark No No No
57.50 - Sept. 18, 2018 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
Iconography
Half-crescent
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: little bumps on the corners; little strokes on the edges; light groove on the reverse; reddish-brownish and greyish on the relief, edges and corners. Rounded corners; straight edges and slightly hollowed (concave) sides. On the obverse, frame and depiction of a half-crescent in relief.
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 310
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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