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Skythia, Borysthenes.
Skythia, Borysthenes. c 500 BC. AE Arrowhead (5.35 gm). Anepigraphic. Arrowhead proto-coinage. Bilobate and axial spine. Green patina. / Proto-coinage of this type is known from the island of Borysthenes (Berezean) at the mouth of the Dnieper River and adjacent areas on the mainland. The arrowhead is associated with Apollo the Healer, the patron deity of Borysthenes, colonized by the Milesians in 7th c. BC. In the 5th c. BC, a competing colony was established at nearby Olbia, which soon absorbed them. Olbians worshipped Apollo Delphinos and minted the closely-related "dolphin money" in his honor. VF. Early cast coinage. cf. Sergei L. Solovyov, 'Monetary Circulation and the Political History of Archaic Borysthenes', Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia, Vol. 12, N. 1-2, 2006, p. 66, fig. 3. See CNG Triton XVI lot 12.
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