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bgr_715596 - SARMATIA - OLBIA Unité

SARMATIA - OLBIA Unité XF
120.00 €(Approx. 128.40$ | 102.00£)
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Type : Unité
Date: c. 300-200 AC.
Mint name / Town : Istros, Thrace
Metal : copper
Diameter : 15 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,22 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli portrait. Une faiblesse au revers. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :

Obverse


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

Reverse


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

Commentary


Typologie inhabituelle.

Historical background


SARMATIA - OLBIA

(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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