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Find of the Month: How Much Does it Weight? - Nicolle Perez

Possible First Temple scale weight found on Temple Mount

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50 Gr Shekel Weight State of Israel (20th Cent. CE)

A 50 gr weight of the State of Israel. The bottom of the weight exhibits scratch marks, above which was stamped an officail seal — a set of scales and the year ’53. scratch marks such as these were regularly done to reduce the weight of overweight weights. The scratch marks are directly beneath the seal, and might have been placed their by the weights inspector who proceeded to stamp the weight.
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100 Gr Shekel Weight State of Israel (20th Cent. CE)

A 100 gr weight of the State of Israel. Two small plaques are affixed at the bottom to correct the weight, one of them stamped with an official seal used from the 1970’s onward — a set of scales and the letter Yud within a star of David.
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Broken Arabic Glass Weight

A broken glass weight of the Islamic period with remnants of Arabic inscription, original weight probably 1 Dinar.
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1 Dirham Weight (10th - 11th Cent. CE)

A square bronze 1 Dirham weight, with Arabic inscription and tapered edges. Used to weigh silver Dirham coins. Hundreds of similar weights of the Fatimid era (10th–11th century CE) were discovered in Caesarea.
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Imperial Byzantine Glass Weight (Early 8th Cent. CE)

An “Imperial” glass weight of the Byzantine period, used to weigh gold coins. imprinted with a trio of saints and the cross shaped monogram of Theodosius III, of the early 8th century CE. Both the quality of the glass as well as the impression are strikingly similar to weights produced in a European workshop and are hence likely of that origin.
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Kerátion Weight (6th Cent. CE)

A bronze with silver inlay Kerátion (English: carat; Latin: siliqua) weight, for the weighing of silver coins. The Lettering KA may denote one Kerátion, and it indeed matches the weight of a Justinian II Siliqua coin of the 6th century CE.
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Numsima Weight (2nd - 6th Cent. CE)

A Numisma weight for the weighing of gold coins. bronze. 2nd–6th century CE.
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Half of a Limestone Maneh Weight (516 BCE - 70 CE)

Half of a stone flat cylindrical limestone weight. Second Temple Period. Based on the weight and size of the broken stone, the complete one would’ve had a weight similar to Maneh weights found in the vicinity of the Old City. The sifting has also unearthed lead disc-shaped weights, weighing ⅛ Maneh.
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Judaean 4 Gera Weight (10th Cent. BCE - 586 BCE)

A Judean 4 Gera (⅙ Shekel) weight. 1st Temple period. Limestone etched with four parallel lines. the complete stone weighs 2.48 grams, about 15% heavier than comparable Judean weights.
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Judean 4 Shekel Weight (8th-6th Cent. BCE)

A Judean 4 Shekel weight. Limestone with a lead insert. Late 8th – Early 6th century BCE, 1st Temple Period. The lead insert is clearly visible, meaning it was probably used to fix an underweight stone, rather than for creating an overweight counterfeit. The stone is dome shaped and marked on one side with four lines, an unusal way to denote its weight, as most weighing stones of the time were marked with Egyptian hieratic numerals.