Denomination: AR Drachm
Description: Sykyonia, Sikyon. ca 400-330 BC. AR Drachm. Obverse: Chimera standing left, raising forepaw; ΣΙ below
Reverse: Dove flying left; NO in field
History: Sikyon was a Greek city located 11 miles Northwest of Corinth in northern Peloponnese. Sikyon also was a famous Greek center for the arts, particularly painting and sculpture, and was one of the first cities in Peloponnese to issue coinage.
These coins first appeared in the beginning of the 5th century BC and most commonly depicted the images of a flying dove and chimera, a mythical fire-breathing creature resembling a lion, but actually a mixture of part lion, goat, and snake. The chimaera was likely chosen because the dreaded monster was ultimately killed by the hero Bellerophon and Apollo, the cities chief deity. The Dove symbolizes spirit and renewal.