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Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 100 - 60 B.C.
The affectionate dove, the bird of love, was sacred to the goddess of love, Venus (Aphrodite). Doves were said to draw her heavenly chariot, and the Syrian Aphrodite Ashtarte was said to have been hatched from an egg and 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.
GS87458. Silver triobol
, BCD Peloponnesos
344.1; BMC Peloponnesus
p. 52, 197; HGC 5
217 (S), aVF, toned
, off center, reverse
double struck, die wear, porous, Sikyon mint, weight
2.158g, maximum diameter
15.5mm, die axis
, magistrate Olympiadas, c. 100 - 60 B.C.; obverse
dove flying right, no control symbol; reverse
large Σ, OΛYM/ΠI-A/∆AΣ in three horizontal lines, all within incuse
Catalog current as of Friday, April 26, 2019.
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