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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Ι̣ΑΜ̣[– – –], agoranomos (North Syria)
Mint
North Syrian mint
Denomination
1/4 Mina
Material
Copper alloy (bronze or brass)
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
6.00 cm
Width
6.00 cm
Height
- cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
131.00 - - Auction TimeLine 2020 No No Yes
Iconography
Six-rayed star
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Auction TimeLine 2020: Hellenistic Stater Weight. 2nd century BC. A bronze square weight of stater type, decorated on the surface with the symbol of the Macedonian kingdom, Greek inscription surrounding, latticework pattern on the back. For discussion see Lang and Crosby [1964]. 131 grams, 60mm (2 1/4"). From an important central London collection formed since the mid 1960s; thence by descent. The fabric of this weight is very similar to 2nd and 1st century Seleucid weights, but they usually do not present the image of the Macedonian star. It perhaps refers to one of the last weight emissions following the demise of Macedonian dynasty and the rise of Roman power. [...] Fine condition.
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Legend type
Fac simile

Ε̣Π̣Ι̣Ι̣ΑΜ̣ . . .

. I . Α̣ . . . Ν

ḶΛ̣ḶΙ̣Λ̣ . . . Λ̣

Ε̣Τ̣ . . Χ̣ΟΥ

Edition
Ἐπὶ Ι̣ΑΜ̣[. . .] | [τ]έ̣[τ]α[ρτο]ν? | ḶΛ̣ḶΙ̣Λ̣ . . . Λ̣ | Ε̣Τ̣ . . Χ̣ΟΥ.
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
Feb. 25, 2020
circumstances
Antiquities trade.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Chronological Period
GREEK
Terminus post quem
Terminus ante quem
Time frame
-250 - -100
Comments on Chronology
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Antiquities Trade Feb. 25, 2020 None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Auction TimeLine 2020a None 77 None None
VARIA
Additional comment
The surrounding inscription and the symbol of the six-rayed star evoke a weight of Antiochus IV Epiphanes: see https://pondera.uclouvain.be/artifact/3591/.
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