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What do the markings 4k mean on a 1700s era cannonball?

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Might be the weight...4 kilos

Are you sure it is a cannonball?

Sounds more like a put shot, as in track and field shot put. As already pointed out by Chickenfoot, 4K likely stands for "4 Kilograms", which is about the right weight for a put shot. Good luck.

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