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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Lysimachia
Denomination
1/4 Mina
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
3.70 cm
Width
3.70 cm
Height
- cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
113.90 - - Auction CNG 2014 No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Lion Relief RIGHT Leaping Protome
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Auction CNG 2014: Lead tetarteron weight. Hellenistic, circa 3rd century BC. Forepart of lion right, head facing; Λ–Y/Σ–I around, TE monogram below / Blank. Diameter: 37mm; weight: 113.9 g. See CNG 72, lot 2725 (3rd weight) for another example. Near VF. It is uncertain if the legend refers to Lysimachos, whose lion symbol was frequently used on his coinage, or, perhaps more likely, Lysimacheia, his eponymous capital built in 309 BC. If the latter is true, Lysimachos’ symbol would still be entirely appropriate. Interestingly, a similar weight featuring a full lion leaping right and the legends ΛY above and ΣMY below can be attributed to Smyrna in Ionia, another important city within Lysimachos’ realm (see Rochesnard p. 83).
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Greek Relief Denomination, Mint
Fac simile

Λ      Υ

Σ ΤΕ Ι

Edition
Λ–υ|σ–ι(μαχέων) τέ(ταρτον).
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
Sept. 3, 2014
circumstances
Antiquities trade.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
FROM -300 TO -144
Comments on Chronology
Killen 2016: Anfang 3. Jh. – 144 v. Chr.
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Antiquities Trade Sept. 3, 2014 None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Auction CNG 2014d None 551 None None
VARIA
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