Greek Lead Sling Bullet: MER - NA
An ancient Greek cast lead sling bullet of pointed elliptical form, inscribed on each side: MEP / NA, an abbreviation of Mecyberna, the port of the city of Olynthus, which was taken by Athens in 420 BC.
Ca. 5th century BC.
Slingers were employed by ancient armies to great effect, either directing accurate sniper fire or indirect barrages against enemy troop formations.
Confer for related examples: M. Feug?re, "Weapons of the Romans," (Paris 1993) p. 85.
Formerly in a New York private collection.