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Weights and Scales

Weights are among the more common objects of the ancient and medieval world. Weights and a balance were essential for measuring quantities of many commodities and for evaluating coins. Probably the most common class of weights are those for evaluating coins. Balance weights were made of metal (most often bronze or lead), glass, or stone. If the mass of any small solid object conforms to an appropriate weight unit, it is likely to be a balance weight. Many excavated weights have been wrongly identified as game pieces or tokens.

Mediterranean Region, Lead Shell Weight, 1/8 Libra, c. 4th Century B.C. - 2nd Century A.D.

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Hendin lists several such shell-shaped weights. They are found throughout the Mediterranean Region.
AS84588. Lead weight, Hendin Weights 276, Manns-Kloetzli p. 22, 37; Alvarez-Burgos P29; 1/10 Libra lead weight molded from bipod shell, weight 33.620 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, 4th century B.C. - 2nd century A.D.; $90.00 (€76.50)

Balance Weights in the Aegean World, Classical and Hellenistic Periods

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Organized in four chapters: overview of weights; weight systems, standards and Solon's reform; market places and market controllers; cities and their weights.
BK12651. Balance Weights in the Aegean World, Classical and Hellenistic Periods by Oguz Tekin, Istanbul, 2016, X + 210 pages, 36 b/w plates, 23.5 x 16.5 cm, hardcover; $80.00 (€68.00)

Roman-Byzantine, Bronze Disk Nomisma Weight, c. 350 - 650 A.D.

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BZ90518. cf. Weber Byzantinische 127; perhaps made from a coin, VF, green patina, scratches, weight 4.169 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, obverse concentric circles (appear to be lathe cut); reverse blank, scratches from use; $60.00 (€51.00)

Roman-Byzantine or Early Islamic, Bronze Disk Weight, c. 350 - 650 A.D.

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This is light for a nomisma weight and we would suspect it is a game piece but Weber insists all these types of bronze with concentric rings are weights. He suggests some may be early Islamic.
BZ90517. cf. Weber Byzantinische 127, VF, green patina, weight 3.570 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, obverse concentric circles (appear to cast); reverse plain; $36.00 (€30.60)

Late Roman - Byzantine, One Nomisma Square Bronze Weight

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Late Roman-Byzantine Nomisma weights listed in David Hendin's Ancient Scale Weights and Pre-Coin Currency of the Near East, page 212 - 213, range from 3.91g to 4.54g. Most are marked with the letter N. The variation cannot be solely due to inaccurate scales, the weight of the nomisma must have varied over time and place.
BZ90521. Bronze weight, cf. Hendin 348; unmarked bronze square, 4.308g, 16.4mm, $36.00 (€30.60)

Late Roman-Byzantine Square Bronze 2 Scripula Weight, c. 350 - 700 A.D.

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We think we see an engraved B, but it could be just hopeful imagination.
BZ90534. Bronze weight, cf. Hendin Weights 367, 13.5 x 14.4 mm, 2.120g, obverse engraved B(?); reverse blank; $32.00 (€27.20)



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Bates, M.L. "Weights" for Encyclopedia of Islamic Archeology (unpublished).
Bendall, S. Byzantine Weights, An Introduction. (London, 1996).
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Manns, F. Some Weights of the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods: English translation by Godfrey Kloetzli. (Jerusalem, 1984).
Mutz, A. Romische Waagen und Gewichte aus Augst und Kaisaraugst. Augster Museumshefte 6. (Augst, Switzerland, 1983).
Tekin, O. "Ancient and Ottoman Weights in the Collection of Bursa Museum" in Tarhan Armagani. (Istanbul, 2013). pp. 329 - 338.
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