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bgr_874725 - SARMATIA - OLBIA Grand bronze

SARMATIA - OLBIA Grand bronze XF
980.00 €(Approx. 1058.40$ | 833.00£)
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Type : Grand bronze
Date: c. 400-380 AC.
Mint name / Town : Olbia, Sarmatie
Metal : copper
Diameter : 36,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 20,02 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan idéalement centré des deux côtés. Très belle tête de Gorgone, bien venue à la frappe. Usure régulière. Patine marron foncé
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête de Gorgone de face.


Reverse description : Aigle volant à droite, tenant un dauphin dans ses serres.
Reverse legend : OLBIO.
Reverse translation : (Olbia).

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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