Sets of standard balance weights were used to precisely weigh goods in the Byzantine world. Weights produced during the Byzantine Era were made of gold, silver, bronze, lead, glass, and stone and were generally shaped as squares, discs or flattened spheres.
Byzantine Half Solidus Weight
A Byzantine bronze square-shaped coin weight, engraved to the front with the Greek letters iota and beta, I and B, which refer to the weight’s size and dimensions; such weight would have been used to weight 12 sliquae or half nomisma-solidus. Square was the predominant shape for weights dating between the 4th and late 6th century AD.
Condition: Fine condition.