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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Peloponnesos| > SH57824
Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 100 - 60 B.C.
The affectionate dove, the bird of love, was sacred to the goddess Venus (Aphrodite). Doves were said to draw her heavenly chariot, and the Syrian Aphrodite Ashtarte was said to have been hatched from an egg nursed by doves. The phrase attributed to Jesus, "Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10.16), was no random metaphor but a traditional Syrian invocation.
SH57824. Silver triobol, BCD Peloponnesos 341; SNG Cop 101 var. (no T on obverse), VF, Sikyon mint, weight 2.284g, maximum diameter 16.8mm, die axis 180o, magistrate Polykra, c. 100 - 60 B.C.; obverse dove flying left, T above and behind wing; reverse large Σ, ΠO/Λ−Y/KPA around, all within incuse square; ex ACCG auction IV, lot 12; ex CNG auction 81, lot 2157; ex BCD Collection (not in LHS sale) with his tag dated Oct 1985; SOLD











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