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E-auction 545-469862 - bgr_861016 - SARMATIA - OLBIA Unité

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Estimate : 75 €
Price : 26 €
Maximum bid : 26 €
End of the sale : 25 September 2023 14:04:00
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Unité
Date: c. 330-250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sarmatia, Olbia
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 22 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 9,21 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie sur un flan bien centré. Joli portrait. Usure régulière. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête barbue et cornue du dieu fleuve Borysthenes (Dniepr) à gauche.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Hache de cérémonie et arc dans son goryte (carquois).
Reverse legend : OLBIO/ EPI.
Reverse translation : (Olbia/ magistrat).


Très belle représentation du Borysthenes (le Dniepr, fleuve de 2.285 kilomètres qui traverse les plaines russes pour se jeter dans la Mer Noire).

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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