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glebe:
Here is a swag of interesting ancient weights from all periods:

https://www.sixbid.com/browse.html?auction=4202&category=110302&page=1

Some I've seen before (in Tekin probably), but many are new to me.

Ross G.

Arados:

--- Quote from: glebe on July 02, 2018, 03:05:57 am ---Here is a swag of interesting ancient weights from all periods:

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I also find these weights very intersting, especially lots: 1220-1221 !

Martin

Gert:
This was a very important collection of weights formed by Peter Fischer and should fit in the reference library of anybody interested in ancient weights. Of special note is lot 1303, a weight of Zemarchos, city prefect of Constantinople (which is named 'Rome' on the weight itself, omitting 'New'!) that once belonged to the collection of Athanasius Kircher (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athanasius_Kircher) - it's in Bendall's booklet on weights as well.
Regards
Gert

glebe:

--- Quote from: Arados on July 02, 2018, 04:17:41 am ---
--- Quote from: glebe on July 02, 2018, 03:05:57 am ---Here is a swag of interesting ancient weights from all periods:

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I also find these weights very intersting, especially lots: 1220-1221 !

Martin

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Lot 1221 is a 100 sheckel weight from Arados (where Peuss gets "Drachme" from I don't follow).
It's listed in the auction as 1350 gm, but in the Qedar sale of 1983 the weight is given as 1325 gm (Elayi & Elayi, No. 285).

Ross G.

Arados:
I have never studied these weights before so not sure how much of an input i can offer.

The Phoenician numeric system on these weights is the same as that of the coins and easily deciphered, In a previous post the following weight Elayi & Elayi 292 (Qedar 1983 5071) is quite clearly a 100 shekel weight, but I am uncertain of the specific meaning of the letter X before 100 (note: numeric and alphabetic symbols are predominantly read from right to left) ?

In the same post, Elayi & Elayi 309 is also recognizable as a 50 sheckel weight.

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=113771.0


Dimensions.

Waddington 7459 = 40 sheckel weight  - https://tinyurl.com/ydc4vmd8

Elayi & Elayi 309 = 455.7g, 7.7 x 7.12 cm.


Elayi & Elayi 292 = 914 g, 122 x 102 x 14 cm.

Lot: 1220 = 948 g, 8,4 x 10,7 cm.

Lot: 1221 = 1350 g, 9 x 11,6 cm.

In respect to lot 1221, there appears to be an additional numeric symbol to the left of 100. It´s difficult to make out what symbol this is but it could explain the weight & size given by the auction house and the Qedar sale of 1983 (1350 g / 1325 g). A closer study of the particular weight is required.



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