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Silver Stater of Sikyon - C.2079
Origin: City of Sikyon
Circa: 350 BC

Collection: Numismatics
Medium: Silver

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Obverse: A Chimera Advancing to the Left

Reverse: A Dove Flying to the Left within an Olive Branch

Sikyon, a town 11 miles northwest of Corinth in the northern Peloponnese, was for the arts in antiquity what Athens was for philosophy. According to legend, it was here that Prometheus first brought the fire to mankind perhaps signaling the city’s significant role in the cultural enlightenment of the ancient world. Although famed for her many influential sculptors, the artistic influence extended beyond sculpture. It is a little known fact that tragedy was born in the theatres of Sikyon as early as the 7th century B.C. and that the compositional rules of painting, rediscovered almost two thousand years later during the Renaissance, were first developed here in antiquity and eventually spread throughout the Hellenistic world. As the first settlement of the Achaeans, Sikyon is therefore the oldest city-state of Greece. Overall, much of what we know to be Greek, the artistic, theatrical, and political developments of their culture, had their origins in the ancient city of Sikyon.

How many hands have touched a coin in your pocket or purse? What eras and lands have the coin traversed on its journey into our possession? As we reach into our pockets to pull out some change, we rarely hesitate to think of who might have touched the coin before us, or where the coin will venture to after it leaves our hands. More than money, coins are a symbol of the state that struck them, of a specific time and location, whether contemporary currencies or artifacts of a long forgotten empire. This stunning hand-struck coin reveals an expertise of craftsmanship and intricate sculptural detail that is often lacking in contemporary machine- made currencies. This ancient coin is a memorial to the cultural glories of Sikyon passed from the hands of civilization to civilization, from generation to generation that still appears as vibrant today as the day it was struck.
- (C.2079)


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