A Byzantine pale blue glass weight in the shape of a disk with thick, rounded edges. The piece displays an impressed obverse, featuring the frontal bust of the eparch Leontios, holding the ‘mappa’ with his uplifted right hand. This is a typical attribute of the consular costume, consisting of a piece of cloth waved by the consul to start the games in the Hippodrome. The Greek inscription +ΛEON[TI]OY (Leontiou) frames the bust. Written in the genitive case Leonti-ou, the inscription translates as ‘[the coinage/weight] of Leontios’. The presence of an eparch’s name suggests that this piece had been officially issued. The reverse remains flat and unworked.
Date: Circa 6th -7th Century AD