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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Thrace & Moesia| > |Olbia| > GA96584
Olbia, Sarmatia, c. 5th Century B.C.
|Olbia|, |Olbia,| |Sarmatia,| |c.| |5th| |Century| |B.C.|, 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; SOLD











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