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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Thrace & Moesia| > |Olbia| > GB94130
Olbia, Sarmatia, c. 5th Century B.C.
|Olbia|, |Olbia,| |Sarmatia,| |c.| |5th| |Century| |B.C.|, 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.
GB94130. Bronze cast dolphin, cf. SNG BM 369 ff., SNG Stancomb 339, SNG Pushkin 21 ff., SNG Cop 69 (all with normal ΘY reverse), VF, green patina, light earthen deposits, Olbia (Parutino, Ukraine) mint, weight 1.153g, maximum diameter 25.3mm, die axis 0o, c. 5th Century B.C.; obverse dolphin with raised eye and dorsal fin, no tail; reverse YΘ (retrograde ΘY); very rare with retrograde reverse; SOLD











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