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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mousaios, agoranomos (Heraclea ad Mare)
Mint
Heraclea ad Mare
Denomination
2 Minas
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
10.50 cm
Width
10.50 cm
Height
- cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
1356.00 - - Auction Leu 2021 No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Mask Relief
Bunch of grapes Relief
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Auction Leu 2021: Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Heraclea ad Mare. Weight of 2 Minai (Lead, 105x105 mm, 1356.00 g), Mousaios, magistrate, SE 210 = 103/2 BC. HPAΚΛEΩTΩN / TΩN ΠΡOΣ ΘA/ΛAΣ-ΣHI / ETO-YΣ / IΣ - EΠI / MOYΣAIOY / ΔIMNOYN Grape bunch. Rev. Blank. Pondera -, cf. 3588 (for a weight of 2 Minai from Heraclea ad Mare dated to SE 205 = 108/7 BC with differing iconography). Unpublished and of great interest, an exceptional piece. Minor scuffs on the obverse, otherwise, very fine.
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Greek Relief Authority, Date, Denomination, Mint
Fac simile

HPAΚΛEΩTΩN
TΩNΠ  ΡOΣΘA
ΛAΣ           ΣHI
ETO           YΣ
IΣ             EΠ .
MOYΣAIO .
ΔIMNOYN

Edition
Ἡρακλεωτῶν | τῶν π–ρὸς θα|λάσ–σηι· | ἔτο–υς | ισ´ – ἐπ̣[ὶ] | Μουσαίο[υ]· | δίμνουν.
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ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
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CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
Dec. 20, 2021
circumstances
Antiquities trade.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
FROM -103 TO -102
Comments on Chronology
SE 210 = 103/102 BCE.
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Antiquities Trade Dec. 20, 2021 None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Auction Leu 2021d None 3952 None None
VARIA
Additional comment
Auction Leu 2021: Strabo reports that Heraclea ad Mare lay south of Laodicea: 'But the remainder of the coast from Laodiceia is as follows: near Laodiceia are three towns, Poseidium and Heracleium and Gabala' (Strab. XVI, 753). Contrary to the great geographer's description, it is today believed that the city lay on the site of the important Bronze Age settlement at Ras Ibn Hani, which is north of modern Latakia. In Hellenistic times, the city cannot have been of great importance, for it apparently did not issue any civic coinage. It has been suggested, however, that a series of bronzes with the portrait of Berenike II on the obverse and the name of Ptolemy II on the reverse was issued here in the early stages of the Third Syrian War (246-241 BC), as a large concentration of them was found in excavations of Ras Ibn Hani.
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