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Live auction - bgr_587416 - SARMATIA - OLBIA Unité

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Type : Unité
Date: c. 300-200 AC.
Mint name / Town : Istros, Thrace
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 7,78 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan épais, centré. Usure régulière. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée de Déméter à droite.


Reverse description : Aigle volant à droite attaquant un dauphin.
Reverse legend : OLBIO/ ISTR.
Reverse translation : (Olbia).


Typologie inhabituelle.

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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