Copper alloy (bronze or brass)
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Krapivina 2003: Museum of Archaeology IA NASU, Kiev. Not cleaned; excellent state of preservation. Almost square weight, measuring 4.2-4.3 × 4.2 × 0.6 cm; weight 103.584 g. Represented on the obverse is a male head in profile with laurel wreath l. and an arrowhead pointing downwards in front of it. The head is evidently that of Apollon(?). Beneath it is the inscription ΟΛΒΙΟ. On the lateral side of the weight: ΓΗ. The weight corresponds to 1/4 of the Euboic-Attic mina of standard 100. In terms of its shape and dimensions this item is identical to that published in Karyskovskij’s book, but the weight of the latter is not specified. This piece has the inscription ΟΛΒΙΟ under a representation of the head of a deity (probably Demeter) in three quarters view. The iconography of Demeter is the closest counterpart to the facing goddess on an extremely rare Olbian silver coin dated by Karyskovskij to the third quarter of the 4th century BC and by V.A. Anochin to 330-300 BC.