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ID:     81002126
Type:     Greek
Region:     SIKYONIA
City:     Sikyon
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Triobol
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     Circa 330/320-280 BC BC
Weight:     2.74 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Legend:     ΣI
Obverse Description:     Chimaera standing left on groundline, raising right forepaw; ΣI below
Reverse Description:     Dove flying left; four pellets above tail
Mint:     Sikyon
Primary Reference:     BCD Peloponnesos -
Reference2:     SNG Cop -
Reference3:     BMC -
Reference4:     TraitÉ -; Winterthur -; Pozzi -; Weber -; McClean -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=141145
Grade:     Good VF, toned, a little rough
Notes:     Sale: CNG 81, Lot: 2126 Variety with four pellets unpublished in the standard references. Ex BCD Collection (not in LHS sale).Although the reverse appears to have been struck from a fairly new die, the possibility that one of the pellets is a die break could account for the appearance of a fourth pellet. Under magnification, however, all four pellets appear to be engraved in the die, which is also suggested by the alignment of the pellets in such an orderly manner. Interestingly, the three pellet issue (cf. BCD 294), among Sikyon’s largest series, was supplemented by a smaller issue featuring four pellets (cf. BCD 295-6). On the published specimens of that series, the fourth pellet was placed below the dove’s tail. Perhaps this coin is from a rare, transitional series where the fourth pellet was included in the group above the tail?