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ID:     skyrus
Type:     Greek
Region:     THESSALY, ISLANDS OFF
City:     Skyros
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Didrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     485-480 BC
Diameter:     22 mm
Weight:     8.67 g
Obverse Description:     Two long horned and bearded goats, opposed vertically, back to back, with their heads turned inwards and their legs extended; between them, five-lobed fig leaf
Reverse Description:     stellate design composed of a large central globule surrounded by four smaller ones and by two rays (towards the upper l. and lower r.) and two three-lobed fig leaves (towards the upper r. and the lower l.); all within incuse square
Mint:     Skyrus
Primary Reference:     CNG Triton XV, 809
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=199419
Special Comments:     See also : Balcer, Archaic 18 (A. 7 / P. 4) pl. 26, 18 (this coin); Jameson 2122 (this coin); Nomos 4, 1367 (same dies)
Grade:     VF
Notes:     From the collection of Robert Jameson. Aside from a very peculiar and an extremely rare silver coinage ascribed to the pirates in the 480s BC, and known only from a pair of hoards and a goodly number of Christodoulos forgeries, there are no other coins except a rare bronze issue by the Athenian cleruchs in the 1st century BC (Agora XXVI, 160).