Olbia, Greece, 5th century BC // Bronze dolphin coin
Ancient Greece. Sarmatia, Olbia, 5th century BC. Excellent bronze cast dolphin money. Nice form with dorsal fin, pronounced rostrum (snout), lateral line and large round eye visible. Glossy deep maroon to olive-green patina.
Olbia, on the shores of the Black Sea is now part of Ukraine. The ancient Olbians worshipped Delphinus, the sacred, playful fish-god of the sea. Before the introduction of struck circular coins, their cast-bronze coinage was crafted in the shape of a leaping dolphin.
1.25"L x 0.5"W x 0.0625"H
— Ex Los Angeles, CA Private Collection
— Ref: Sear-1684 For Type
— Diameter: 32mm
— Weight: 3.19 g
— Accompanied by a hand-signed certificate of authenticity which includes all the details, culture, dating, motifs/inscriptions when applicable, historical relevance, and provenance.
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