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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Athens
Denomination
1 Mina
Material
Lead
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Square
Length
5.50 cm
Width
5.30 cm
Height
2.50 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
644.10 - Sept. 11, 2017 Measurement done by L. Willocx No No Yes
646.08 9970.6 - www.britishmuseum.org No No No
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Dolphin
Wear
Lightly worn
Corrosion
Lightly corroded
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Autoptic examination:
Lead weight; square shape. Signs of wear and corrosion: chippings; large vertical cut on the dolphin; lumps on the reverse. Straight corners and edges; regular sides. On the obverse, very light frame and depiction of a dolphin towards the left in relief. The dolphin has a dorsal fin and his beak is long and points to the lower left corner. On the upper edge, on the left, letters in relief: MNA and on the right edge, below the dolphin's tail: ΑΓΟΡ.

British Museum: Lead weight; representation of a dolphin towards the left; Greek inscription "MNA AGOR".
Autopsy
Yes
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Fac simile
Edition
Μνᾶ ἀγορ(ανόμων)
Monogram
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
Findspot (region)
Greece: Attica
Findspot (site)
Athens [Athenae]
context
CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
circumstances
DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
Comments on Chronology
2nd half of the 2nd c. - 86 BC (Hitzl)
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
British Museum (London) July 28, 1842 1842,0728.532
Burgon Collection None 358
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Madden 1864 257 1 None None
Brandis 1866 599 None None None
Murray 1868 69 122
Pernice 1894 164 f. 598=599