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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Tyre
Denomination
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
5.20 cm
Width
5.70 cm
Height
0.90 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
218.10 - - Auction CNG 2020 No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Egg and dart pattern Relief
Lattice pattern Relief
Sign of Tanit Relief
Palm tree Relief
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
Yes
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Auction CNG 2020: PHOENICIA, Tyre. Hellenistic Period. Cast PB Libra Steelyard Weight (52×57×9mm, 218.10 g, 12h). Dated issue. Dated year 12 (115/4 BC). Palm tree; L BI (date) to left; ΓO/A to right; all within egg-and-dart frame / Tanit symbol over field of net pattern. E&E, Poids 395. Gray patina, earthen deposits, roughness. Fine. Overall height and weight include suspension loop (now flattened) originally cast into weight. From the S.M. Collection.
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Greek Relief Date, Other
Fac simile

On the left: ← BI | .
On the right: Α|ΓΟ

Edition
On the left: (ἔτους) | βι´
On the right: ἀ|γο(...)
Monogram
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
Sept. 9, 2020
circumstances
Antiquities trade.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
FROM -115 TO -114
Comments on Chronology
Finkielzstejn 2015: Year 12 of the Era of the Freedom of Tyre = 115/114 BCE rather than Year 12 of the era of the People of Tyre = 264/263 BCE. Auction Münz Zentrum 1983: Year 12 = 115/4 BCE.
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Antiquities Trade Sept. 9, 2020 None
Moussaieff Collection None None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Auction CNG 2020c None 292 None None
VARIA
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