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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
1 Mina
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
5.20 cm
Width
5.00 cm
Height
2.05 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
464.70 - - National Museum of Denmark No No No
464.70 - Sept. 18, 2018 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
Iconography
Dolphin , Pentagram
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: strokes on the corners and on the upper and lower edges on the left; long cut on the lower side, little ones on the other sides; on the reverse: many rounded cuts in the center, big cut on the left edge and two big strokes with holes on the upper left and lower right; greyish and brownish bump on the upper left side. Straight corners, edges and sides; on the reverse, the edges are set at a slight slant. On the obverse, little frame and depiction of a dolphin towards the lower left in relief. The dolphin has a triangular dorsal and a little ventral fin; his tail is forked, his beak is thin and one eye is drawn on his head. Around the dolphin, letters in relief: MNA. Below the dolphin's tail, on the right, pentagram in relief. (Height without relief: 1.9 cm)
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Legend type
Fac simile

MNA

Edition
Μνᾶ
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Greece: Attica
Findspot (site)
Dekeleia
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
Dec. 31, 1896
circumstances
Given from Christians Blinkenberg (danish archaeologist) in 1896 (in a batch of 4 objects), found in Dekeleia.
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, 1896 4746
Blinkenberg Collection None None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
-
VARIA
Additional comment
Other inv. num.: M. 51
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