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On the apothecaries' scale (used for medicines, chemicals, etc) there were 480 grains to the ounce,

exactly as with the Troy scale for precious metals,

but instead of 24 grains = 1 pennyweight (dwt) and 20 pennyweights = 1 ounce (31.103 grams not 28.35 grams)

we have 24 grains = 1 scruple, 3 scruples = 1 dram or drachm, 8 drams/drachms = 1 ounce.

The abbreviation for dram os a sort of flat-topped "3" or handwritten "Z".

An archaic form of Roman numerals has a final "I" done as a "J" to make it clear that the number is finishing,

e.g. iij, vij and even just j (for "1", of course).

So what you have is a 1-dram weight as indicated above.

and the theoretical weight should be 3.888 grams (rather than 4,00g). :ninja:

[Date probably 1845 to 1865.]

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