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Dolphins on Ancient Coins
Achaean League, Patrai, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 160 - 146 B.C.

|Peloponnesos|, |Achaean| |League,| |Patrai,| |Peloponnesos,| |Greece,| |c.| |160| |-| |146| |B.C.||triobol| |or| |hemidrachm|NEW
The period of mintage begins with the Roman general, T. Quinctius Flamininus' proclamation of the "Freedom of Greece" in 196 B.C. and ends with the destruction of the League and the sack of Corinth by the Romans in 146 B.C. During this short period the league was the dominant state in Greece.
GS95952. Silver triobol or hemidrachm, Benner p. 90, 27; BCD Peloponnesos 501.6; Agrinion 298; SNG Cop 244 (Dyme); Clerk 146; McClean 6459; HGC 5 54 (S), F, toned, light scratches, small earthen encrustations, die wear, reverse double struck, weight 2.368 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Patrai (Patras, Greece) mint, c. 160 - 146 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right, ∆I behind; reverse large Achaian League (AX) monogram, ΛY above, A - P flanking at sides, dolphin right below, all within laurel wreath; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; $150.00 (138.00)


Olbia, Sarmatia, c. 5th Century B.C.

|Olbia|, |Olbia,| |Sarmatia,| |c.| |5th| |Century| |B.C.||cast| |dolphin|
Small cast dolphins were cast in Olbia, beginning 550 - 525 B.C., first as sacrificial objects for worship of Apollo and later as a form of currency.
GA96585. Bronze cast dolphin, cf. SNG BM 369 ff., SNG Stancomb 339, SNG Pushkin 21 ff., SNG Cop 69 (all with normal ΘY reverse); 0.828g, 17.4mm long, VF, green patina, earthen encrustations, nose chipped, Olbia (Parutino, Ukraine) mint, c. 5th Century B.C.; obverse dolphin with raised dorsal fin, no tail; reverse YΘ (retrograde ΘY); very rare with retrograde reverse; $110.00 (101.20)


Olbia, Sarmatia, c. 5th Century B.C.

|Olbia|, |Olbia,| |Sarmatia,| |c.| |5th| |Century| |B.C.||cast| |dolphin|
Small cast dolphins were cast in Olbia, beginning c. 550 - 525 B.C., first as sacrificial objects for worship of Apollo and later as a form of currency. The Hellenic city of Olbia was founded in the 7th century BC by colonists from Miletus. Its harbor was one of the main ports on the Black Sea for the export of cereals, fish, and slaves to Greece, and for the import of Attic goods to Scythia.
GA96584. Bronze cast dolphin, SNG BM 373, SNG Pushkin 27, SNG Cop 69, SNG Stancomb 339; 1.662g, 28.4mm long, gVF, earthen encrustation, Olbia (Parutino, Ukraine) mint, c. 5th Century B.C.; obverse dolphin with raised eye and dorsal fin; reverse ΘY; scarce with inscription; $95.00 (87.40)







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