Roman bronze Steelyard weight. 2rd or 4th century AD.

Ancient Coins - Roman bronze Steelyard weight.  2rd or 4th century AD.
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Description : Bronze weight of a Female figure.  The construction is hollow cast bronze filled with lead (used to adjust to the correct weight).  

Size : 93.2  mm high, with the base 63.4 mm wide by 47.8 mm deep.

Weight : about 612 grams (my scale that is accurate does not go this high, but a less accurate scale say about 612 grams).  However, if it once had a base plate (see below under condition) it was probably about 655 grams or 2 Roman pounds.   Nigil Miles, in CELTIC & ROMAN ARTIFACTS (Greenlight Publishing, AD 2000), discusses this general type of weight where he says they appear to have once had bronze base covers but that they are almost never found with the cover in place.

Material : bronze with a dark green patination.

Age : 2nd to 4th century AD. The hair style of the figure is similar to that seen on  portraits from the very late 2nd to early 3rd century AD.

Origin : I do not have a find site for this weight, but I believe it to be of Eastern European origin.

Condition : The scale is good except that it may have once had a bronze base plate to hide the lead core, and the hollow eyes must have once been inlayed with white (possibly shell) that is now gone.  The patination has been smoothed. 

Reference : Nigil Miles, in CELTIC & ROMAN ARTIFACTS (Greenlight Publishing, AD 2000),  illustrates two weights of the same construction but one with an image of Victory as #R387 and one as the head of Venus as #RD 389 (pages 124 and 125).
Price SKU: vcoin872
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