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E-auction 567-508373 - bgr_870641 - SCYTHIA - OLBIA Unité

SCYTHIA - OLBIA Unité XF
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Estimate : 90 €
Price : 26 €
Maximum bid : 26 €
End of the sale : 26 February 2024 14:05:40
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Unité
Date: c. 350-300 AC
Mint name / Town : Olbia, Scythia
Metal : copper
Diameter : 9,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 0,42 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Flan mince, centré. Joli revers. Patine marron
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse description : Tête de Déméter à droite, couronnée d’épis.

Reverse


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE RÉTROGRADE.
Reverse description : Dauphin nageant à droite surmonté d’un grain d’orge.
Reverse legend : OLBIO.
Reverse translation : (Olbia).

Commentary


C’est l’une des plus petites dénominations frappées pour la cité.

Historical background


SCYTHIA - OLBIA

(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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