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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WEIGHT
Authority
Mint
Olbia
Denomination
Material
Copper alloy (bronze or brass)
Manufacture
Cast
Shape
Rectangle
Length
2.80 cm
Width
2.60 cm
Height
0.50 cm
Metrology
Mass (g) Mass (grain) Date of measurement Reference fragmented cleaned reference weight
31.04 - - Krapivina 2003 No No Yes
Iconography
Symbol Technique Direction Position Number Synecdoche
Dolphin Relief LEFT Lying One
Eagle Relief LEFT Standing One
Wear
Corrosion
Handle
No
Suspension hole
No
Recarved mould
No
Recarved weight
No
Intentionally destroyed
No
Archaeological description
Krapivina 2003: Private collection. The weight has been cleaned; the state of preservation is rather poor. The shape is rectangular with slightly pronounced corners; dimensions: 2.5-2.8 × 2.1-2.6 × 0.5 cm; weight 31.04 g. On the right side of the obverse are two parallel incisions cut through a representation of an eagle on a dolphin – the emblem of Olbia. Below this the inscription ΟΛΒΙΟ is discernible; this image is similar to that on the reverse of silver coins with Demeter from the 4th century BC. The weight of our specimen corresponds to eight drachms of the Euboic-Attic system of standard 100.
Killen 2017: Rechteckiges Gewicht mit Relief: Adler schlägt Delphin n. l., vertikale Einkerbungen l.
Autopsy
No
INSCRIPTION
Language Technique Legend type
Greek Relief Mint
Fac simile

ΟΛΒΙΟ

Edition
Ὀλ̣βιο(πολειτῶν).
Monogram
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CIRCUMSTANCES OF ACQUISITION
Region
City
Date of first acquisition
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DATING OF THE WEIGHT
Curatorial Section
GREEK
Time frame
FROM -400 TO -100
Comments on Chronology
Killen 2017: 4. Jh. v. Chr. (Krapivina).
COLLECTION HISTORY
Collection
Name Date of acquisition Inventory number
Private collection None None
Bibliography
Reference Page/Column Reference (number) Plate / Figure Comment
Krapivina 2003 121 11 fig.4 None
Killen 2017a 209 Olb b 14 None None
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