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Live auction - bgr_421529 - SIKYONA - SIKYON Statère

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Estimate : 2 800 €
Price : 2 410 €
Maximum bid : 3 190 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:12:05
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Statère
Date: c. 360-330 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sicyone, Sikyonie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 24,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 12,24 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et ovale parfaitement centré des deux côtés. Chimère de bonne facture, de toute beauté où tous les détails sont visibles. Revers bien venu à la frappe, élégant et équilibré. Jolie patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets mordorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock d’Alain Poinsignon (Mulhouse), de MONNAIES 57, n° 138 et de la collection JMB


Obverse description : Chimère passant à gauche.
Obverse legend : SE.


Reverse description : Colombe volant à gauche ; le tout dans une couronne d'olivier.
Reverse legend : I.


Sur cet exemplaire de bonne conservation et d’une qualité de frappe remarquable, on distingue le plumage de la colombe et son œil ainsi que la peau de la chimère .

Historical background


(4th century BC)

Sicyone, at the mouth of the Isthmus of Corinth in the Peloponnese, was the smallest political entity in this region with Phlius which it touched. Landlocked between Achaia and Argolis, it had been 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 Wars except that the region was often devastated by the Athenians, in particular under Pericles in 454 BC, according to E. Babelon. Coinage would only begin to become important after the end of the Peloponnesian War in 404 BC..

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