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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
North Syrian mint
Denomination
1 Mina
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Rectangle
Length
9.70 cm
Width
- cm
Height
- cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
502.28 - - Auction Roma Numismatics 2018 No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Elephant
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Auction Roma: Seleukid Empire, Rectangular PB Mina Weight. Antioch(?), 2nd century BC. Indian elephant advancing right, Ρ beneath; all within ornate border / Blank. For similar weight type with elephant cf. J. Forien de Rochesnard, Album des poids antiques 2, La Grèce Antique, p. 57; for weight standard cf. idem, p. 58. 502.28g, 97mm. Very Fine.
The letter Ρ can be read between the legs; on the upper left, there is probably another letter (maybe Κ? or Ι, Ϙ?), as well as on the upper right (maybe Ε? or Γ, Ϛ?)
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Date
Fac simile
Edition
κ̣? – ε̣? | ρ´
Monogram
Countermark type
Countermark
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Findspot (site)
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
June 5, 2018
circumstances
Antiquities trade.
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
FROM -250 TO -1
Comments on Chronology
Auction Roma: 2nd century BCE. If κ̣ – ε̣ | ρ´ can be read as a date, Seleucid Era 125 = 188/187 BCE
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Antiquities Trade June 5, 2018 None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Auction Roma 2018b None 341 None None
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