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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
5 Drachmas 5 Obols 1/4
Material
Copper alloy (bronze or brass)
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
2.50 cm
Width
2.45 cm
Height
0.60 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
25.20 - - National Museum of Denmark No No No
25.10 - Sept. 18, 2018 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Crescent
Wear
Little to no wear
Corrosion
Lightly corroded
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Autoptic examination:
Bronze weight; square shape. Signs of wear and corrosion: chippings; brownish on the reverse and the sides. Very slightly rounded corners and edges; the surface is plane. On the obverse, depiction of a crescent in low relief. Below the crescent, incised signs: 𐅃|||||𐆛 (later inscription?). (Height without relief: 0.5 cm)
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Denomination
Fac simile

𐅃|||||𐆛

Edition
𐅃|||||𐆛
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
Dec. 31, 1877
circumstances
Acquired in 1876-1877, purchased from Th. Heldreich. Bought in Athens. Found in Athens.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
Comments on Chronology
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
National Museum of Denmark (Copenhagen) Dec. 31, 1877 937
Heldreich Collection None None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
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VARIA
Additional comment
Other inv. num.: M. 56
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