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Doves on Ancient Coins
Nuremberg, German States, 1700

|Medieval| |&| |Modern| |Gold|, |Nuremberg,| |German| |States,| |1700||klippe| |ducat|
Attractive and popular "lamb ducat".

The coin is dated using a chronogram. Four letters from the obverse legend were engraved larger than the others, giving the year MDCC (1700).

The denominations of the series range from 1/32 to 4 ducats!
SH31262. Gold klippe ducat, KM 258, EF, weight 3.477 g, Nuremberg mint, obverse TEMPORA NOSTRA PATER DONATA PACE CORONA, pascal lamb standing left on globe, banner inscribed PAX across shoulder; reverse SECVLVM NOVVM CELEBRAT RESP NORIBENGENS, ornate cartouche bearing three shields of arms, dove above, signature IMF below; c. 20 mm square; SOLD


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 100 - 60 B.C.

|Peloponnesos|, |Sikyon,| |Peloponnesos,| |Greece,| |c.| |100| |-| |60| |B.C.||triobol|
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, weight 2.284 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, Sikyon mint, 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


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 100 - 60 B.C.

|Peloponnesos|, |Sikyon,| |Peloponnesos,| |Greece,| |c.| |100| |-| |60| |B.C.||triobol|
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.
GS92987. Silver triobol, SNG Cop 99, BMC Peloponnesus p. 52, 196; HGC 5 217 (S); BCD Peloponnesos 342 var. (Θ vice T), EF, well centered, attractive toning, die wear, weight 2.237 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, Sikyon mint, magistrate Kleandros, c. 100 - 60 B.C.; obverse dove flying right, olive branch held in beak, T left between wing and tail; reverse large Σ, KΛE/A-N/∆POΣ (magistrate) in three horizontal lines, all within incuse square; SOLD







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