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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Demetrius II Nicator, Seleucid King
Mint
Denomination
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Struck
Shape
Disc or similar (ellipse, etc.)
Length
2.90 cm
Width
2.90 cm
Height
- cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
11.11 - - Auction Leu 2020 No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Spear Stamped / Countermarked
Athena / Minerva Stamped / Countermarked LEFT Standing
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Auction Leu 2020: SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Demetrios II Nikator, first reign, 146-138 BC. Tessera (Lead, 29 mm, 11.11 g). BAΣΙΛΕΩ[Σ] / ΔHMHTPIO[Y] - ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΦOY / NIKATOPOΣ Athena standing front, head to left, holding spear in her right hand; in exergue, H. Rev. Blank. Flan slightly bent and with some stress marks, otherwise, very fine.
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Greek Relief Authority, Unidentified
Fac simile

BAΣΙΛΕΩ .
ΔHMHTPIO .

ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦOY
NIKATOPOΣ

Η

Edition
Βασιλέω[ς] | Δημητρίο[υ] | Φιλαδέλφου | Νικάτορος. | η´ (?) or H (?).
Monogram
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
May 30, 2020
circumstances
Antiquities trade.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
FROM -146 TO -138
Comments on Chronology
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Antiquities Trade May 30, 2020 None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Auction Leu 2020a None 598 None None
VARIA
Additional comment
Auction Leu 2020: What exactly this odd piece was made for is unclear: perhaps it served as a tessera, or it was a trial piece struck in lead. It is worth noting that this type of Athena, with her holding a spear in her right hand, is unknown from Seleukid coinage.
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