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00 Shaped scallop shell bronze weight #0647-43 Aes Signatum scallop shell, 32x33mm, 43g00 | by Ahala
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00 Shaped scallop shell bronze weight #0647-43 Aes Signatum scallop shell, 32x33mm, 43g00

scallop shell. 500-300BC. 43grams. Italy mint. Aes Grave. Crawford 000/05 Aes Signatum. Obverse: scallop shell. Reverse: blank. Rare.

This was moulded from the shape of a pecten shell and may, along with the weighed 1lb and 5lb bars, form effectively the first Roman or Latin coins from the 6th, 5th or 4th centuries BC. It's weight amounts to what would later be a sextans, and it is of interest to notice that Rome, and ultimately it's Spanish colonial coinage, used the cockle-shell as a mark on the Sextans denomination in much later times.

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Taken in January 2009