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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Denomination
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Rectangle
Length
2.50 cm
Width
2.90 cm
Height
1.00 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
51.15 - Dec. 31, 1927 National Museum of Denmark No No No
51.50 - - National Museum of Denmark No No No
51.10 - Sept. 18, 2018 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
Iconography
Wear
Worn
Corrosion
Lightly 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; the weight is cut on the left (part is missing); groove and bumps on the upper left; some flaking on the relief; small strokes on the edges, bigger one on the top right on the reverse; very little bumps; the lower side is slightly hollowed. Rounded corners; straight sides. On the obverse, light frame and letter in relief: M (or Σ?). (Height without relief: 0.8 cm)
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Legend type
Fac simile

M

Edition
M or Σ?
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Greece: Attica
Findspot (site)
Megara
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 Megara.
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 311
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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