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Obol’

 

an urban-type settlement in Shumilino Raion, Vitebsk Oblast, Byelorussian SSR, on the Obol’ River. It has a railroad station on the Vitebsk-Polotsk line, and the highway from Moscow to Riga passes through the settlement. Local plants produce bricks and pressed-peat insulating material. The settlement has a museum of komsomol glory, affiliated with the Byelorussian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941–45.


Obol’

 

a river in Vitebsk Oblast, Byelorussian SSR; a right tributary of the Zapadnaia Dvina. It is 148 km long and drains an area of 2,690 sq km. After issuing from Lake Ezerishche (16,600 sq km), it flows through marshy lowlands. It is fed mainly by snow, and the average discharge 23 km from its mouth is 21.9 cu m per sec. The river freezes over in late November and breaks up in the second half of March or in April.


Obol

 

(1) A unit of weight and a silver, later copper, coin in ancient Greece, equal to 1/6 of a drachma.

(2) A bronze coin in Byzantium in the ninth and tenth centuries, equal to 1/2 of a follis.

(3) A copper coin in France in the ninth century, equal to 1/2 of a denier (a small coin, worth 1/12 of a sou or 1/240 of a livre, which remained in circulation until the early 19th century). The term “obol” (obole in French) was later applied to a silver coin, worth 4 denier in the time of Philip the Fair (1285–1314) and 7 1/2 denier under Charles IV (1322–28).

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The triangle of OBOLs headed south and were lost to sight over the Altcar Rifle Range.
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Some conspiracy buffs believe the governments of the world are waging a secret war against an alien invasion, whereas some open-minded scientist are considering the possibility that the OBOLs are vanguard probes, sent out by extraterrestrials now on their way to earth.
The price of the single [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] listed in the Stelai is not preserved; those recorded for the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] vary from 7 drachmas and 2 obols for a stone example to 2 drachmas for one of clay.
Ancient unit 2002 equivalent 1 talent 60 minae 10,800 [pounds sterling] 1 mina 100 drachmas 180 [pounds sterling] 1 drachma 6 obols 1.80 [pounds sterling] 1 obol 30p Expensive items: Wine (one amphora, 34.56 litres) 1 mina 3.90 [pounds sterling] per 0.751 bottle Purple cloak 3 minae 540 [pounds sterling] Honey (0.25 litres) 5 drachmas 9.00 [pounds sterling] Cheap items: Grain (one choinix or 3.84 litres) 1 obol 30p Olives `two coppers' Tunic 10 drachmas 18.00 [pounds sterling]
The mina was a unit of both weight and value, equivalent to 100 drachmas (and one drachma comprised six obols).
Some might guess that the vase might cost as much as the horse, but the inscription on the underside tells a different story: it reads `four items for 3.5 obols'.
Smulson says OBOL needs a transportation van, clean recycled and new blankets, towels, pet beds, collars, leashes, dog clothes, food and water bowls, grooming supplies, crates carriers and dog igloos.
MAYO Communications will provide national publicity for OBOL activities, including bringing animals to grade school classrooms to teach humane education to promoting OBOL's participation in animal events like the large Pet Expo at the Orange County fairgrounds (Petexpooc.org/events-attractions) (bldg.
Realizing the significance of what he was looking at, Houle used a cell phone to call Roger Robb, a longtime birding friend, and ask him to report the sighting to OBOL.
Maulding posted "an apology to all who missed the bird" on OBOL, saying "I can only hope it will show up again."