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E-auction 544-468597 - bgr_860961 - SCYTHIA - OLBIA Unité

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Estimate : 120 €
Price : 31 €
Maximum bid : 33 €
End of the sale : 18 September 2023 14:03:40
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Unité
Date: c. 325-320 AC
Mint name / Town : Olbia, Scythia
Metal : copper
Diameter : 13 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 1,38 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie sur un flan court, ovale, légèrement décentré. Joli revers. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Tête laurée de Déméter à gauche.


Reverse description : Aigle debout à gauche sur un dauphin.
Reverse legend : OLBIO.
Reverse translation : (Olbia).

Historical background


(4th - 3rd 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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