5th – 7th CENTURY AD BYZANTINE BRONZE w SILVER INLAY COMMERCIAL 82.4 GRAM WEIGHT

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller rarecoincollector (32,525) 100%, Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 332518741744 BYZANTINE EMPIRE5th TO 7th CENTURIES ADTHREE OUNCE SQUARE COMMERCIAL WEIGHTSILVER INLAID SURFACE CHARACTER ENGRAVINGS82.39 GRAMSEXCELLENT CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL GREEN PATINACOMES WITHCERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY & ATTRIBUTIONTHE SURFACE OF THE OBVERSE OF THIS SQUARE BRONZE BYZANTINE COMMERCIAL WEIGHT IS INLAID WITH SILVER, ACCENTING THE CENTER OF THE ENGRAVED CHARACTERS. THERE IS A CROSS AT THE TOP WITH PELLETS AT THE ANGLES AND CORNERS. BENEATH ARE TWO SYMBOLS, “G* G”, ALSO WITH PELLETS ORNAMENTING THE CORNERS AND ANGLES.THE SYMBOL (THE GREEK LETTER FOR “G”, WITH A CIRCLE MADE OF NINE PELLETS IN THE ANGLE) AT THE LEFT IS AN ABBREVIATION OF OUNCE (OUNGIA). THE "G" SYMBOL AT THE RIGHT DESIGNATES THE WEIGHT (BECAUSE GAMMA IS THE THIRD LETTER OF THE GREEK ALPHABET).REVERSE IS BLANK.WEIGHTS AND MEASURES WERE STRICTLY CONTROLLED BY THE CENTRALIZED ADMINISTRATION OF THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE.THE SYSTEM OF WEIGHTS WAS BASED ON THE PRECURSOR TO THE BYZANTINE LITRA, THE ROMAN POUND. THE LITRA WAS EQUAL TO 72 GOLD SOLIDI (THE SOLIDUS WAS THE STANDARD GOLD COIN OF THE EMPIRE).STANDARD WEIGHTS HELPED TO ENSURE CONSISTENCY AND PREVENT CORRUPTION, EVEN THOUGH RECORDS FROM THE PERIOD VERIFY THAT SOME TAX COLLECTORS USED HEAVIER WEIGHTS, AND SOME MERCHANTS USED LIGHTER ONES TO INCREASE THEIR PROFITS.THERE WERE THREE COMMON SHAPES OF WEIGHTS IN USE, SQUARES, FLATTENED SPHERES AND DISCS. THESE WERE MADE OF BRONZE, GLASS AND LEAD, AND RARELY IN GOLD AND SILVER. THE SQUARE WEIGHTS WERE PREDOMINANT, AND IN USE FROM THE 5th TO 7th CENTURIES.ORNAMENTING COMMERCIAL WEIGHTS WITH THE SYMBOL OF THE CHRISTIAN CROSS IS AN EXAMPLE OF AN OUTWARD RELIGIOUS DEVOTION WHICH WAS PERVASIVE THROUGHOUT ALL ASPECTS OF BYZANTINE SOCIETY, EVEN DAY TO DAY COMMERCE. SQUARE FACE MEASURES 34 mm x 33 mm.7 mm - 8 mm THICKYou can arrange pickup from our Fort Lauderdale storefront locationOur business hours are Monday - Friday 10:00am-5:00pm ESTPlease ask any questions with concerns before bidding / making a purchase.Florida Sales Tax applicable to invoice totals under $500 of non legal tender USA coins and currency.INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING & DELIVERYImport taxes and duties are NOT included in the item price or shipping charges. We cannot declare any package as a "gift", ”sample”etc.We now ship solely via USPS Priority Mail International or Fedex International foryour additional tracking and security and ensure delivery to customs.Delivery times could get delayed to as much as 4 weeks depending on customs conditions.It is the buyer's responsibility to check with your country's customs office todetermine what these additional costs (if any) will be prior to bidding or buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up. They are not additional shipping charges by RareCoinCollector. Condition: PLEASE READ BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS & HISTORY -COMES WITH CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY & ATTRIBUTION, Certification: Uncertified

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