A Little Birdie From Sikyon

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  1. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I picked this up for a song (heh) a few weeks ago and it finally arrived today.

    I've seen several posts with the more popular (and infinitely more expensive) staters from Sikyon but I haven't seen many of the smaller copper coins, so I figured I would post this one here and see if anyone else had some to add to the flock.

    The Greeks were really incredible artists even when it came to these tiny coins. I can't imagine the poor engravers who had to make the dies for these coins. Their eyes must have been shot after just a few years.

    323-251 BC
    2.55 g.
    Obverse: Dove flying left
    Reverse: ΣI within olive-wreath
    Sicyon, 323-251 BC, AE15.png
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  3. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    That is a very handsome coin, FF.

    This gives me an excuse to post a similar one from Sykon I got this summer (for a song!). It has a weirdly thin, oblong flan for a Greek AE.

    I had some difficulty attributing it. It seem to be "rare" but maybe it is just a bad imitation of something rare. It's pretty ugly! :yack:

    Sikyon - Apollow & Dove AE lot June 2020 (0).jpg

    Sikyonia, Sikyon Æ 22
    (c. 100-60 B.C.)

    Laureate head of Apollo right / Dove flying left within wreath.
    cf. BCD Peloponnesos 352-3; cf. HGC 5, 266.
    Note: I could find only one example of this type; Numismatik Naumann Auction 70, Lot 101, 07.10.2018
    (3.84 grams / 22 x 17 mm)
    eBay June 2020 Lot @ $3.10

    Here's the one from the NN Auction (16 mm 3.45 grams):

    Sikyon Sikonyia - Apollo & Dove flying in wreath AE - Auct1 pic.jpg
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  4. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    That's a really nice example, @furryfrog02.

    I have a small bronze and a few silvers from Sikyon.

    Sikyon - Chalkous San.jpg SIKYONIA, Sikyon
    AE Chalkous. 1.5g, 11.8mm, SIKYONIA, Sikyon. circa 365/45-335/0 BC. BCD Peloponnesos 273.3; HGC 5, 268 (S). O: Dove flying right. R: Large letter san, oriented vertically, with palmette below.

    Sikyon - Hemidrachm chimaera.jpg
    SIKYONIA, Sikyon
    AR Hemidrachm. 2.62g, 15.3mm. SIKYONIA, Sikyon, circa 330/20-280 BC. BCD 284; SNG Copenhagen 57; BMC 111. O: Chimaera advancing left; ΣI below. R: Dove flying left.

    Sikyon - Drachm.jpg
    SIKYONIA, Sikyon
    AR Drachm. 5.03g, 18mm. SIKYONIA, Sikyon, circa 431-400 BC. BCD Peloponnesos 180-4; HGC 5, 206. O: Dove alighting left; Σ–E flanking. R: Dove flying left within wreath.
    Ex BCD Collection

    SIKYONIA Sikyon - Stater ex BCD New 1016.jpg SIKYONIA, Sikyon
    AR Stater. 11.98g, 24.2mm. SIKYONIA, Sikyon, circa 431-400. BCD Peloponnesos 186; HGC 5, 181. O: Chimaera standing left; ΣE below. R: Dove flying left within wreath.
    Ex BCD Collection; ex Coin Galleries Mail Bid Sale, 10 February 1993, lot 80
  5. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Some are convinced that the Greeks had microscopes 2000 years before it was “invented” and point to coins and cameos as proof . Who knows...
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  7. eparch

    eparch Well-Known Member

    @Terence Cheesman - lovely example . Mine lacks the wreath

    BCD Peloponnesos 220 (wreath on obverse); HGC 5, 201 (same); cf. CNG e418, 226 (same dies).

  8. Orielensis

    Orielensis Supporter! Supporter

    A very nice little Greek bronze!

    I only got a fairly worn example of the usual hemidrachm from Sikyon:

    Griechen – Sykionia, Sykion, Hemidrachme, Chimäre:Taube.png
    Sikyonia, Sikyon, AR hemidrachm, ca. 330-280 BC. Obv: chimaera advancing l., right paw raised; ΣΙ below. Rev: dove flying left. 16mm, 2.6g. Ref: SNG Copenhagen 64f.
  9. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Love those chimeara!
  10. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    For those who find the hemidrachms too large, Sikyon also issued silver obols. This is ex. BCD and 0.8g. Note the retrograde ΣΙ reverse right.
  11. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

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