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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Themes & Provenance ▸ MythologyView Options:  |  |  |   

Mythology and the Ancient Gods

Many ancient coins depict the gods and goddesses of the Greeks, Romans and other ancient cultures. Collecting as many different gods and goddesses as possible is a fun, educational and affordable collecting theme. Every ancient gods and goddesses has their mythical function, biography, lineage and other facts and fictions that make them interesting. Here we will present as many different gods and goddesses as we can and provide some of the stories about them that fascinate us. We hope they fascinate you too.

Pelinna, Thessaly, Greece, c. 425 - 300 B.C.

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Daphne and Manto were the daughters of Teiresias, the blind Theban Prophet. He gave birth to Daphne during seven years when he was a woman and sired Manto after he was a man again. Daphne and Manto were taken captive when Thebes fell during the generation before Troy. Manto was sent to Ionia where she married Rhacius, King of Caria, by whom she had Mopsus - said to be the son of Apollo. Daphne remained a virgin and was sent to Delphi where she became the Sibyl.

There were some Apollonians who claimed it was Manto who was sent to Delphi and she changed her name to Daphne. This contradicts the myths that Daphne spurned Apollo's love, and Mopsus was the son of Apollo and Manto.

GB70096. Bronze chalkous, BCD Thessaly 1231, BCD Thessaly II 531, SNG Cop 188, Rogers 429, aVF, corrosion, weight 2.378 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 180o, Pelinna mint, c. 425 - 300 B.C.; obverse horseman prancing left, wearing petasos, chlamys flying behind; reverse ΠEΛINNAIΩN, Manto standing right, draped and veiled, holding an open box; $50.00 (Ä44.00)



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