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Item:383656075983Right Click picture and select "View/Open..." to see larger image size. Ancient Greek Coinage Sarmatia OLBIA Scythia 5th - 4th century BC Æ (Bronze) Cast. 2.10g 30mmDolphin with fin, pellet shape eye, lateral raised ridge--Dolphin formed on both sides--images are two sides of same coin.Ref. SNG BM Black Sea 360-61; SNG Copenhagen 72.XF. Choice Gorgeous green patina.Attractive Example in a pleasing more naturalistic style of much charm! Founded in the late 7th century BC on the coast of present-day Ukraine, Olbia, was a colony of Miletos located at the junction of the Hyspanis and Borysthenes rivers and grew prosperous on trade between the nomadic Scythians and the Greeks. At first lacking sufficient quantities of silver or gold to institute a precious metal coinage, it instead used an innovative casting technique to produce a sizable and varied coinage in bronze. Among the earliest types is a series of denominations in the shape of dolphins, ranging in size from about 22mm and 1.5 grams to extremely rare large examples upwards of 90mm. This unique type of coinage was cast in Olbia, in the Black Sea area of Thrace from the 5th . The casting method employed was adopted by the Gallic Celts who originally came from this area. Olbia later acquired sufficient silver and gold through trade to institute a precious metal coinage, and is the likely mint spot for the Koson gold staters of the later first century AD. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OUR GUARANTEE: All illustrations are of the actual item offered. The authenticity of all pieces is fully guaranteed. Any item ever shown otherwise may be returned unaltered for full refund less shipping. If any item purchased is not to your satisfaction you may return it unaltered within 30 days of purchase for a full refund less shipping. We also guarantee absolute discretion and confidentiality in all transactions.Culture:Greek, Composition:Bronze, Date:450 BC, Era:Ancient, Grade:XF, Historical Period:Greek (450 BC-100 AD), Year:400 BC, Coin type:Ancient
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DOLPHIN Coin Olbia Sarmatia Ancient Greek 400 BC Choice XF SNG Cop. 72