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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Aradus
Denomination
50 Sheqels
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
5.80 cm
Width
5.80 cm
Height
1.70 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
472.16 - - Auction Archaeological Center 2007 No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Sign of Tanit Relief
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
Yes
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Auction Archaeological Center 2007: A Hellenistic period square lead weight with a handle and raised border, 472.16 g, 5.8×5.8 cm, the handle is 16.6 cm [sic], 13.0/16.9 cm [sic] thick. The obverse depicts the symbol of the Punic goddess Tanit and the monogram of the city of Arados. At the lower area the date is marked in Phoenician numerals: 20+20+10 (year 212/11 BC). The reverse is blank. In very good condition. For two similar weights with the same date see Elayi and Elayi 1997, nos. 266 and 311.
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Phoenician Relief Denomination, Mint
Fac simile

{Monogram of Arados: U+10900 + 10903 + 10905 + 10913}{Sign of Tanit}

{Phoenician number 20: U+10918}{Phoenician number 20: U+10918}{Phoenician number 10: U+10917}

Edition
ʾrwd | 50. — “Aradus, 50 (Sheqels).”
Monogram
ʾDWR
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
April 4, 2007
circumstances
Antiquities trade.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
NEAR EASTERN , GREEK
Time frame
FROM -300 TO -1
Comments on Chronology
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Antiquities Trade April 4, 2007 None
Spaer Collection None W-73
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Auction Archaeological Center 2007b 12, 15 408 fig. 408 None
Finkielsztejn 2015 56–59, 63 28 None None
VARIA
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