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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
North Syrian mint
Denomination
1 Mina
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
8.70 cm
Width
9.30 cm
Height
- cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
492.00 - - Auction Ares 2019 No No No
498.00 - - Auction Ares 2019 No No No
499.00 - - Auction Ares 2019 No No Yes
Iconography
Elephant
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Auction Ares 2019: Syria. Antioch. Ca. 2nd–1st Century BC. PB square 1-mina weight (93mm × 87mm, 499 gm). Square plaque, with decorated inner border, linear border within enclosing an elephant walking left; above, ANTIOXEIAΣ, below, M-N-A. Cf. C. Daremberg - E. Saglio L Dictionnaire des Antiquités Grecques et Romaines, III.2, Paris, 1904, p. 1910 (similar square 1 mina weight with elephant). Beige "lead patina" overall, some compression of edges and "dent" along lower rim, otherwise Very Fine. Ex [Auction Gorny & Mosch 2008a], lot 464 (part of). [...] This lead weight, clearly marked as a mina, was employed in Antioch, Syria, probably by the Seleucid government of the first century BC. At 492 grams, it would seem to weigh about 10-20% more than 100 Attic Greek drachms, which averaged 4.3 grams each, indicating that the silver coinage was perhaps deliberately undervalued versus the theoretical ideal. The elephant is both a symbol of the Seleucid Kingdom and, apparently, for the mina as a weight. Condition: Very Fine. Weight: 498gr. Diameter: 180.05mm. From a Private Uk Collection.
Autopsy
No
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
Sept. 28, 2019
circumstances
Antiquities trade.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Chronological Period
GREEK
Terminus post quem
Terminus ante quem
Time frame
-250 - -1
Comments on Chronology
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Antiquities Trade Sept. 28, 2019 None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Auction Ares 2019b None 970 None None
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