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Live auction - bgr_469763 - SIKYONA - SIKYON Statère

SIKYONA - SIKYON Statère AU/AU
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bgr_469763
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Type : Statère
Date: c. 360-330 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sicyone, Sikyonie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 24,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 12,17 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large bien centré des deux côtés. Droit magnifique, bien venu à la frappe. Léger tréflage au revers. Très belle patine de médaillier avec des reflets dorés et bleutés irisés
Catalogue references :

Obverse


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

Reverse


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

Commentary


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


SIKYONIE - Sicyon

(Fourth 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.

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