ARABICA IX PLANCHE I 115 Theoretically the weight of 12 nomismata or solidi (at 4.55 grams) should be 54.60 grams. Recorded rB (that is, two ounce) bronze weights, which should be the same as i2-nomisma weights, range between 46.07 and 5 5. 37 grams, with the highest peak of frequency in the 52-53 gram range. 3 Most of these weights have of course lost a certain amount through wear, corrosion and the removal of the silver inlay which frequently filled the engraved letters and orna- ment. As for Bisr b. Marwän's weight, it is very light, 43.35 grams. Certainly a good deal of this deficiency is to be accounted for by the graving away of the whole surface to efface the Greek legend and cross, and also by the hole bored through the center. 4 The reduction in weight is not to be explained as an attempt to make it conform to 'Abd al-Malik's reformed dinar of 4.25 grams, because this reform had not yet come into effect. If the Arabic inscription is to be dated, as we suppose, between 66 and 71 (in any case not later than 72, when Bisr actually took up his duties in
Arabica – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1962
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