Sikyonia, Sicyon, AR Stater 400-330 B.C.

$ 15.00

Only 5 left in stock

Description

Obverse:  Chimera left; wreath above, ΣE below
Reverse:  Dove flying left within wreath

Diameter:  24 mm

Chimera was a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature, composed of the parts of more than one animal. It is usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat protruding from its back, and a tail that might end with a snake’s head. Homer’s brief description in the Iliad is the earliest surviving literary reference: “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.

Silver-plated, made in the USA
Packaged in a coin collecting flip with the description of coin printed on flip insert.

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