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Live auction - bgr_554484 - ACHAEAN LEAGUE - SICYON Hemidrachme

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Estimate : 400 €
Price : 240 €
Maximum bid : 300 €
End of the sale : 29 October 2019 14:16:38
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Hemidrachme
Date: c. 160-146 AC
Mint name / Town : Sicyone, Sikyonie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 15 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 2,45 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire, légèrement décentré. Joli revers de style fin présentant une belle Colombe. Beau portrait de Zeus. Patine grise
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant du stock de Vinchon (1977)


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée de Zeus à droite.


Reverse description : Grand monogramme dans une couronne de laurier ; une colombe sous le monogramme.
Reverse legend : (AC)/ (ME)/ N-I.

Historical background

Achaean League - Sicyon

(II - the first century BC)

Sicyon, at the mouth of the Isthmus of Corinth in the Peloponnese, was the smallest political entity in this region with Phlius she touched. Wedged between Achaia and Argolis, it was described by Homer in the Iliad as having been part of the kingdom of Agamemnon. We have little information on the history of the city before the end of the Persian except that the region was often devastated by the Athenians wars, especially under Pericles in 454 BC, after E. Babelon. The mint will start to become significant until the end of the Peloponnesian War in 404 BC After the first Macedonian war, Sicyon into the Achaean League. The latter was dissolved in 146 BC after the fall and destruction of Corinth and the final subjugation of Greece.

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