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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
4 Drachmas
Material
Copper alloy (bronze or brass)
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
2.50 cm
Width
2.35 cm
Height
0.45 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
16.85 - Dec. 31, 1927 National Museum of Denmark No No No
17.00 - - National Museum of Denmark No No No
16.90 - Sept. 18, 2018 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
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; little bumps; greenish on the edges. Straight corners, edges and sides. On the obverse, incised letter: Δ.
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Denomination
Fac simile

Δ

Edition
Δ
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
Greece: Attica
City
Athens [Athenae]
Date of first acquisition
Aug. 31, 1877
circumstances
Acquired in August 1877, purchased from Th. Heldreich. Bought 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) Aug. 31, 1877 1004
Heldreich Collection None None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
-
VARIA
Additional comment
Other inv. num.: M. 56
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