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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Marathos
Denomination
50 Sheqels
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
7.50 cm
Width
7.50 cm
Height
- cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
467.00 - - Auction Leu 2021 No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Caduceus Relief
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
Yes
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Auction Leu 2021: Phoenicia. Marathos, 3rd-1st centuries BC. Weight of 50 Shekels (Lead, 75x75 mm, 467.00 g). City monogram composed of 'mrt' above '20+20+10' (all in Phoenician); to left, kerykeion. Rev. Blank. Pondera 12899 var. (no kerykeion). Good very fine. From a European collection, formed before 2005.
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Phoenician Relief Denomination, Mint
Fac simile

{Monogram of Marathos: U+1090C+10913+10915}

{Phoenician number 40, U+10918, U+10918}{Phoenician number 10, U+10917}

Edition
mrt | 50. — “Marathus, 50 (Sheqels).”
Monogram
MRT
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
Dec. 20, 2021
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 Dec. 20, 2021 None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Auction Leu 2021d None 3958 None None
VARIA
Additional comment
Auction Leu 2021: The Phoenician city of Marathos lay on the Levantine mainland in close proximity to its rival, the island polis of Arados. Periods of independence alternated with domination by its powerful neighbor, which considered Marathos part of its mainland peraia. The Aradians eventually destroyed Marathos in the late 2nd or early 1st century BC, as reported by Strabo: '[...] Marathus, the latter an ancient city of the Phoenicians, now in ruins. Aradians divided up this country among themselves [...]' (Strab. XVI, 753). Rebuilt on a smaller scale sometime thereafter, the settlement never fully recovered and was eventually abandoned in the late 1st or early 2nd century AD.
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