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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
1/8 Stater
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
3.90 cm
Width
3.90 cm
Height
1.20 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
112.00 - - National Museum of Denmark No No No
111.90 - Sept. 19, 2018 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
Iconography
Half-tortoise
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: chippings; strokes, bigger ones on the edges withh small part missing in surface; grooves on the tortoise's head and in V-shaped on the tortoise's shell; on the reverse: little cuts, groove on the lower right edge. Slightly rounded corners and edges; straight sides. On the obverse, depiction of a half-tortoise in relief. The legs are elongated and folded alongside the body. In the four corners, letters (retrograde) in relief: ΔΕMO. (Height without relief: 0.7 cm)
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Legend type
Fac simile

ΔEMO

Edition
Δεμό(σιον)
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Turkey
Findspot (site)
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 Asia Minor.
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) Dec. 31, 1877 942
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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