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Live auction - bgr_587528 - SARMATIA - OLBIA Dauphin épigraphe

SARMATIA - OLBIA Dauphin épigraphe XF
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Estimate : 250 €
Price : 280 €
Maximum bid : 455 €
End of the sale : 28 July 2020 14:07:08
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Dauphin épigraphe
Date: c. 500-400 AC.
Mint name / Town : Olbia
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 39 mm
Weight : 4,06 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire à l’usure régulière qui reste parfaitement lisible. Patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.


Reverse legend : APIXO.


Ce dauphin est un témoignage à la frontière entre Numismatique et Archéologie. Considéré comme pré-monétaire, ce type d’objet a pu être utilisé par des populations celtes au contact du monde grec à un moment où la monnaie ne s’est pas encore imposée. Dimensions (longueur 24 mm ; largeur 11 mm). Au droit notre exemplaire semble aussi porter une inscription avec une nageoire visible. Les exemplaires avec inscription sont beaucoup plus rares que les anépigraphes.

Historical background

Sarmatia - Olbia

(Sixth - fifth century BC)

Olbia as Istros (Istrus) was a Milesian colony, located near the Borysthenes and Hypanis on the Euxine, equidistant from Tyra and Panticapaeum the Thracian Chersonese. Its prosperity came from its strategic geographical position between the Scythian tribes and the Euxine. It enjoyed its greatest economic expansion in the Hellenistic period. She was eventually taken by the barbarians in the third century AD.

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