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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
1/4 Stater
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
5.00 cm
Width
5.00 cm
Height
1.40 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
232.80 - - National Museum of Denmark No No No
232.80 - Sept. 19, 2018 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
Iconography
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; little bumps; small strokes on the tortoise's shell; light vertical grooves on the lower and left sides; groove on the right edge on the reverse; beige. Raised and folded corners; rounded corners and edges; straight sides; the reverse is quite plane. On the obverse, depiction of a tortoise in relief. There are dots (a little bit erased) on its shell and a rim around it; little dots for the legs, bigger one for the head. [Letter in relief on the lower right ? (very uncertain)]. (Height without relief: 0.95 cm)
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Legend type
Fac simile
Edition
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
Dec. 31, 1926
circumstances
Given in 1932 from the coin collections that received it from a lawyer named Emil Bissen (the weights were an appendix to his coin collection sold in 1926 (with loomweights, etc.) at an Auction in Geneva; the weights were not sold and given to the coin collection in 1926).
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, 1926 9347
Bissen Collection None None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
-
VARIA
Additional comment
Other inv. num.: T. 170
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