Finally got one of the "biggies"

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by medoraman, Dec 5, 2022.

  1. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Another one of my side collections is coins from the Black Sea. I find the area fascinating in its mystique, being on the fringes of "civilization" in ancient times. As such, they frequently had different ways of doing things. Examples of this are Olbia cast dolphin and arrowhead money, Cherson pieces in the late Roman/Byzantine era, Ostrogothic 3rd century imitations from the Taman peninsula, etc. Well, one major hole I had was the huge cast Olbia pieces made mid 5th century. I was able to win one yesterday:


    SKYTHIA. Olbia. Cast Ae (Circa 437-410 BC).

    Obv: Facing gorgoneion.
    Rev: A - P - I - X.
    Eagle flying right, with wings spread and dolphin right in talons.

    SNG BM Black Sea 379-84; Anokhin 168; HGC 3.2, 1881.

    Condition: Very fine.

    Weight: 94.33 g.
    Diameter: 67 mm.

    Besides the view above the eagle carrying a dolphin doesn't seem too unusual until you look at the dimensions. 94.33 grams and 67mm. This is one of the largest coins ever made in antiquity. They come onto the market in spurts. There has been a good run of them lately, but then at times you cannot find one for a few years. I had enough waiting, getting outbid the last 3 times I went for one, but finally got one. Problem I have now is, like some of my Ptolemaic drachms, I do not have any way of storing this in a traditional 2x2 box!

    Please post any other examples, or other interesting Black Sea related coins.
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  3. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Yeah, you're gonna need a bigger boat. Er, box. :)
  4. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

  5. Mr.MonkeySwag96

    Mr.MonkeySwag96 Well-Known Member

  6. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE

    my largest stamped / hammered coin

    201-175 BCE
    Æ 15 Shekels
    45 mm 7.5 mm thick. 102g
    Wreathed Tanit
    Horse Uraeus above.
    MAA 104 SNG Cop 400
    Pickin and Grinin, sand, Bing and 2 others like this.
  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE


    Thrace Sarmatia - Olbia 5th C BCE AE Cast Dolphin 27mm 1.75g

    Thrace - Olbius AE Dolphin money

    Thrace - Olbius AE Dolphin money round ver
  8. Carl Wilmont

    Carl Wilmont Supporter! Supporter

    That is a "big" acquisition, @medoraman! The diameters and weights of your Olbia coin and @Alegandron's example from Carthage are impressive!

    Here are a couple of Olbia dolphins to join @Alegandron's pod. The first has theta and Y on the back and the second has an intact pectoral fin and tail. They'll need to keep an eye out for @Mr.MonkeySwag96's and @medoraman's eagles!


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