Cast-Bronze Dolphin Money of Ancient Olbia, 5th to 3rd century BC.

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.



Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Excellent bronze cast dolphin money. Great form with pronounced dorsal fin, lateral line and large round eye visible on one side. Big 33 mm, 2.30 g. ref: S1684. A marvelous example! #CG2275: $175

Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. The earliest style, with tall, arched body, small dorsal fin and groove down the side. Pronounced eye visible. Beautiful olive-green patina. 29 mm (1 1/8"). Excellent! #CG2142: $150



Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Excellent form with pronounced dorsal fin, lateral line and large round eye visible on both sides (rare). Big 33 mm, 3.10 g. ref: S1684. Lovely patina. Gorgeous! #CG2273: $175 SOLD

Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Large cronze cast dolphin money. With tall, arched body, small dorsal fin and groove down the side. Pronounced eye visible. Olive-green patina, light earthen deposits. 31 mm (1 1/4"). Great form! #CG2143: $150



Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money, with pronounced fin, eye visible. 20 mm, 1.23 g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Brassy to olive-green patina with earthen highlights. Surfaces much nicer than this photo allows. Not as bumpy as this photo appears. Much better than photo, I promise! #CG2191: $60


Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money, with pronounced fin, eye visible, and long beak. 21 mm, 1.50 g.
ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green patina with earthen highlights. #CG2189: $75


Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Eye visible on both sides. Just 17 mm, 0.82 g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green patina with earthen highlights. Very cute in-hand. #CG2192: $60


Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Great form! 20mm, 1.46g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green patina with earthen highlights. #AG2132: $75



Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Excellent form with pronounced eyes and dorsal fin. 20mm, 1.55g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green patina with earthen highlights. #AG2133: $75 SOLD


Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Long bronze cast dolphin money. Pronounced eye visible. 29mm, 1.55g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green to brassy patina with earthen highlights. #CG2289: $85 SOLD


Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Great form with pronounced eyes and dorsal fin. 24mm, 1.14g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green patina with earthen highlights. #AG2135: $75


Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Nice form with pronounced eyes. 22mm, 1.45g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green patina with earthen highlights. #AG2136: $99


Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Pronounced eye visible on both sides. 22mm, 1.08g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green to brassy patina with earthen highlights. #CG2269: $75


Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Great form! 25mm, 1.47g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green patina with earthen highlights. Quite nice. #CG2268: $99


Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Tiny bronze cast dolphin money. Nice sleek form. Just 16.5 mm, 0.78 g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Reddish-green patina. #CG2278: $45


Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Pronounced eye visible on both sides. 24.5 mm, 1.0 g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green patina, earthen deposits. #CG2279: $75


Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Pronounced eye visible on both sides. 20 mm, 0.99 g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green patina, earthen deposits. #CG2280: $60


Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Pronounced eye visible. 24mm, 2.09g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green to brassy patina with earthen highlights. #CG2288: $85


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Olbian Dolphin type 1, 500-370 BC. The earliest style, with tall, arched body, small dorsal fin and groove down the side.
Remains of Greek lettering around horizontal line on one side.
Measures 28 mm long. Dolphin #GV0578: $85
SOLD


Olbian Dolphin type 2: 370-300 BC. More "dolphin-like" with great form and features, pronounced nose and raised line down side. Measures 35 mm long! Rare with tail still intact. Still uncleaned, as found. Dolphin #498: $135 SOLD

Olbian Dolphin type 2: 370-300 BC. Long, slender form with pronounced dorsal fin. Glossy olive-green patina. 32 mm long. #4099: $75 SOLD

Olbian Dolphin type 1, 500-370 BC. The earliest style, with tall, arched body, small dorsal fin and groove down the side. A charming example with deep olive-green patina. 28 mm lomg. #4106: $75 SOLD

Olbian Dolphin type 1, 500-370 BC. The earliest style, with tall, arched body, small dorsal fin and groove down the side.
Measures 29 mm long. Earthen encrustation but great detail! Nicer than photo. Dolphin #5626: $75 SOLD


Olbian Dolphin type 2: 370-300 BC. More "dolphin-like" with great form and features, pronounced nose and raised line down side. Measures 26 mm long. Glossy green to red patina. Dolphin #5596: $60 SOLD



Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century B.C. Bronze cast dolphin money, with pronounced fin, eye visible. 23.7 mm, 0.83 g.
ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green patina with earthen highlights. #CG2117: $125 SOLD

Olbian Dolphin type 2: 370-300 BC. Long, slender form with pronounced dorsal fin. Excellent detail for these! Nice body detail, eyes, mouth and dorsal fin all visible. Lovely glossy olive-green patina. 35 mm long! #5608: $135 SOLD

Olbian Dolphin type 1, 500-400 BC. The earliest of the early style! Very Archaic appearance with long dorsal fin and protruding eyes on both sides. Very unusual and nice! Olive-green patina. 25 mm long. #4116: $99 SOLD

Olbian Dolphin type 1, 500-370 BC. The earliest style, with tall, arched body, small dorsal fin and groove down the side.
Absolutely excellent detail... all features clearly pronounced and visible. Glossy dark patina.
25 mm long. Dolphin #5748: $150 SOLD

Olbian Dolphin type 2: 370-300 BC. Long, slender form with pronounced dorsal fin. Lovely glossy olive-green patina, some earthen deposits. 30 mm long. #5739: $75 SOLD

Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Great form with pronounced eyes and dorsal fin. 21mm, 1.00g. ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Olive-green patina with earthen highlights. #AG2134: $75 SOLD

Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Great form with pronounced dorsal fin, lateral line and large round eye visible on both sides (rare). 31 mm, 2.83 g. ref: S1684. Lovely patina. The gem of the collection! #CG2274: $175 SOLD

Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money. Great form with pronounced dorsal fin, lateral line and large round eye visible on both sides (rare). 27 mm, 2.08 g. ref: S1684. Great dark brassy tone. Very nice for these. Ex-Frank S. Robinson, Albany, NY. #NAV047: $175 SOLD

Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century BC. Bronze cast dolphin money, with pronounced fin, eye visible, and long beak. 22 mm, 1.02 g.
ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Brassy to olive-green patina with earthen highlights. #CG2190: $75 SOLD


Olbian Dolphin type 1, 500-370 BC. The earliest style, with tall, arched body, small dorsal fin and groove down the side.
Beautiful patina!
Measures 26 mm long. Dolphin #5617: $135 SOLD

Olbian Dolphin type 1, 500-370 BC. The earliest style, with tall, arched body, small dorsal fin and groove down the side.
Beautiful patina and very nice detail!
Measures 26 mm long. Dolphin #5721: $135 SOLD

Olbian Dolphin type 2: 370-300 BC. Interesting form with pronounced fins wown the spine. Large pronounced eye and intact nose.
Lovely glossy olive-green patina.
26 mm long. #5732: $90 SOLD

Sarmatia, Olbia. 5th century B.C. Bronze cast dolphin money, with pronounced fin. 23.6 mm, 0.84 g.
ref: SNG BM Black Sea 361; SNG Cop 72. VF. Beautiful reddish patina. #CG2114: $150
SOLD