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Live auction - bgr_587418 - SARMATIA - OLBIA Unité

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Type : Unité
Date: c. 330-250 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sarmatia, Olbia
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 22 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 12,51 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan épais et bien centré. Usure régulière. Joli portrait. 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 : OLBI/ EPI.
Reverse translation : (Olbia/ magistrat).


Poids lourd. 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

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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