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Live auction - bgr_431862 - SIKYONIA - SIKYON Statère

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Estimate : 1 500 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 13 June 2017 14:12:56
Type : Statère
Date: c. 431-400 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sicyone, Sykionia
Metal : silver
Diameter : 23 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 12,27 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés à l’usure régulière. Joli droit bien venu à la frappe. Joli revers. Patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :


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


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


Au revers, il n’y a aucune marque distinctive.

Historical background


(Fifth 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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