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Cast Bronze Dolphins of Olbia5th-3rd Centuries BC, Cast bronze dolphin proto-currency of Olbia. These ones are special because they levitate, as evidenced from the photo.2 commentsMolinari
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Cypriot Bronze Appliqué Fragment of Eros/CupidCyprus, 1st-2nd Cent. AD. 7.83g.2 commentsMolinari
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Early Christian Seal BoxRoman Christian Seal Box, 2nd-3rd Century AD. Bronze, 5.33g, about 20mm maximum diameter and about 5mm thick. The figure has a halo (nimbate) and her(?) hands are raised in praise (orans pose). There are three attachment holes on the reverse. Found near the Balkans. A rare example of early Christian iconography and possibly unique for seal boxes.

The seal box was an extra-secure way of ensuring that the contents of a package were not compromised when sending important goods or information from one place to another.
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Egyptian Faience Frog2nd-1st Millenium BC, Egyptian Faience Frog. c. 11mm maximum diameter.

From Forvm's description of a similar piece:

The frog was a symbol of the Egyptian goddess of birth, Heget. Her priestesses were midwives and women often wore frog amulets during childbirth. Heget was said to have breathed life in to the new body of Horus and some of her amulets include the phrase, "I am the resurrection." Curiously, early Christians adopted the frog as a symbol of Christ's resurrection.
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Greek, Lead Sling BulletMid. 4th century BC, lead sling-bullet. Scorpion on one side, and on the other, KALA. It is most likely the genitive form of the name Kala, a general under Alexander the Great who was later appointed satrap of Phrygia. It's also been suggested that "KALA" here is used as an insult, as if saying "pretty boy" or "girly man" today.7 commentsMolinari
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PAPAL: Gregory XRome, Gregory X (Tebaldo Visconti), 1272-1276 Bulla 1272-1276, PB 38mm., 90.33g. GRЄ/GORIVS/· P P · X’ · in three lines; all within linear-beaded border; (Ω above P P). Rev. S PA S PE Bare heads of Sts. Paul and Peter, facing slightly r. and l., respectively, each within beaded halo; cruciform sceptrr between; all within beaded-linear border. Serafini I 1-2.

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