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Doves on Ancient Coins

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

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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


Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius

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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.
RS26421. Silver denarius, RIC III MA730, RSC II 255, gVF, weight 3.293 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, obverse FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse VENVS, Venus standing left holding dove in right and scepter in left; scarce; SOLD


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 360 - 330 B.C.

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The chimera was a mythological monstrous fire-breathing creature of Lycia composed of the parts of a lion, a snake and a goat. Usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that ended in a snake's head, the Chimera was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra. The term chimaera has come to describe any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe anything perceived as wildly imaginative or implausible.
GS27096. Silver hemidrachm, SNG Cop 62, VF, weight 2.664 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, Sikyon mint, c. 360 - 330 B.C.; obverse Chimera advancing left, ΣI below; reverse dove flying left, three pellets right; SOLD







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