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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|
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 SALE |PRICE| $135.00
 


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 SALE |PRICE| $99.00
 


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.

|Nero|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.||dupondius|
The shopping mall is not a new idea. The Macellum Magnum was a shopping mall located on the Caelian Hill in Rome, dedicated by Nero in 59 A.D. The building had flanking wings of slightly different construction and a central dome which may have been 120 feet (36 meters) in diameter. Records indicate the mall was still open in the fourth century A.D. Part of it may be incorporated into the church of S. Stefano Rotundo which stands today.The Macellum Magnum appears to have been the model for many medieval government buildings in Europe, all the U.S. state capitols and the U.S. national capitol building. (Source: Monumental Coins by Marvin Tameanko)
SH26038. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC I 400, SRCV I 1963 variety, VF, weight 13.650 g, maximum diameter 28.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 64 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P, laureate head left; reverse MAC AVG S C, Macellum Magnum (great market), two-story, domed section, wings unequal height, steps with dolphin on each side, Neptune statue holding a long scepter inside; ex CNG Sale 60 #35, one of FORVM's favorite Roman Coins; SOLD







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