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E-auction 519-433607 - bgr_798022 - SARMATIA - OLBIA Dauphin épigraphe

SARMATIA - OLBIA Dauphin épigraphe XF
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Estimate : 125 €
Price : 62 €
Maximum bid : 125 €
End of the sale : 27 March 2023 14:02:20
bidders : 10 bidders
Type : Dauphin épigraphe
Date: c. 500-400 AC.
Mint name / Town : Olbia
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 28,5 mm
Weight : 1,91 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Patine marron
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


(6th - 5th century BC)

Olbia as Istros (Istrus) was a Milesian colony, located not far from Borysthenes and Hypanis on Pontus Euxin, equidistant from Tyra and Panticapaeum on the Chersonese of Thrace. Its prosperity came from its strategic geographical position between the Scythian tribes and Pont-Euxin. It experienced its greatest economic expansion in the Hellenistic period. It was finally taken by the barbarians in the 3rd century AD.

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