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LOT 0078

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GBP (£) 5,000 - 7,000
EUR (€) 5,830 - 8,170
USD ($) 6,450 - 9,030

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Roman Lead Ingot with Inscription

1st century AD

A rectangular lead ingot with chamfered sides, indented panel to the upper face with reserved inscription 'METALLO M[.]SSALINI' (from the mine of Messallinus); mounted on a custom-made stand. 40 kg total, 52cm with stand (20 1/2"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Ex North London gentleman; formerly in a important private Dorset collection, formed 1970.

Published
Hanel, N. et al. Metallum Messallini - A New Roman Lead Ingot from the Danube Provinces, in Metalla 2018.

Footnotes
The mould mark metallo Messallini is unusual on Roman-period ingots. It appears to refer to the Illyrian lead mines of Marcus Valerius Messalla Messallinus, who was consul in 3 BC and governor of the province of Illyricum from 6 AD. The mines were possibly a gift from Emperor Augustus (who owned mines in that region) to Messallinus for his service.


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