Coin: Hemidrachm, Sicyon


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Artifact Identification Coin: Hemidrachm, Sicyon   (1981.04.0004)
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Artist/Maker Unknown
Geographic Location
Period/Date Classical Period, 380 BCE
Culture Greek

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Diameter) 1.58 cm
Dimension 2 (Depth) 0.20 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 2.76 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Metal--Silver
Manufacturing Processes Cast
Munsell Color Information waived

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A

This Greek coin is a silver Hemidrachm from Sicyon in the northern Peloponnesus in Greece. It was struck in the early 4th century BCE. The obverse is a chimaera, a mythical beast with the head of a lion that breathed fire, body of a goat, and tail of a snake. The chimaera is said to be the offspring of the Lion of Nemea and the Hydra of Lerna, two districts that adjoin Sicyon. The chimaera was slain by Bellerophon riding the winged horse Pegasus. The reverse is a dove in flight. Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, was worshipped at Sicyon and the dove is sacred to her.

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Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Anonymous Gift
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information fine

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