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90020084
Sale: Nomos 2, Lot: 84. Estimate CHF975. 
Closing Date: Monday, 17 May 2010. 
Sold For CHF1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SIKYONIA, Sikyon. Circa 360s-340s/330s BC. Obol (Silver, 0.60 g 1). Dove alighting right, holding fillet in its beak; on wing, Ι. Rev. ΣΙ Dove flying to right. BCD 245. A superb, bright and beautifully preserved example with little actual wear, very rare in this condition. Virtually as struck.


The obols of Sikyon were struck in very large numbers, understandably so because they were very popular and circulated throughout the Peloponnesos, as well as in many places in Central Greece where the Aeginetic standard was also used. Thus, the vast majority of known Sikyonian obols are in worn condition, with pieces like this being truly exceptional. This is one of the finest obols of Sikyon known, better than any in the BCD collection.