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Why add this Greek Silver Stater of Sicyon to your collection?
In the Iliad, Homer describes the chimera as: "a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire". In Greek mythology, the chimera lioness represents the war goddess and protector. This Silver Stater from the Greek city state of Sicyon is dedicated to that traditional mythological creature. Sicyon, located in present day Corinthia, now bears the name Sikyona. Ruled by tyrants during the Archaic and Classical periods, Sicyon became a democracy in the third century BC, recognized for the art of the period, along with being home to many famous sculptors and painters.
The obverse features the chimera walking left, its right foreleg raised, with a wreath above. The magnificent creature is beautifully depicted, with clear characteristics and musculature of a lion, head of a goat rising from its back, and a tail that terminates as a snake's head. The reverse portrays a dove flying to the left, with exquisitely detailed wing feathers. The dove is surrounded by an equally detailed wreath of laurel branches.
The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has graded this Silver Stater About Uncirculated. This stunning coin has also received a Star (*) designation, which is awarded for a remarkable design aspect related to strike, surface or style, which in turn adds appeal to collectors. Order today from MCM!
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|Year of Issue:||400-232 BC|
|Weight in Grams:||12.22 g|
|Country:||Greek City-State of Sicyon|
|Legal Tender:||Greek City-State of Sicyon|
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