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Bellerophon
Lycian League, Lycia, c. 167 - 84 B.C.

|Lycia|, |Lycian| |League,| |Lycia,| |c.| |167| |-| |84| |B.C.||AE| |15|NEW
The chimera was, according to Greek mythology, a monstrous fire-breathing creature of Lycia, composed of the parts of three animals - a lion, a snake, and a goat or stag. Usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that ending with 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 chimera 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.
GB96096. Bronze AE 15, Troxell Lycia, period 1, quadruple unit, p. 18, 1; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; BMC Lycia -, F, dark green patina with earthen highlighting, weight 2.446 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 0o, Xanthos Valley mint, c. 167 - 84 B.C.; obverse laureate bearded head of Bellerophon facing; reverse chimera to right, ΛUKIΩN above; only one sale of this type recorded on Coin Archives for the last two decades; very rare; $180.00 SALE |PRICE| $162.00
 


Lycian League, Lycia, c. 167 - 84 B.C.

|Lycia|, |Lycian| |League,| |Lycia,| |c.| |167| |-| |84| |B.C.||AE| |14|
The chimera was, according to Greek mythology, a monstrous fire-breathing creature of Lycia, composed of the parts of three animals - a lion, a snake, and a goat or stag. Usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that ending with 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 chimera 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.
GB17581. Bronze AE 14, Troxell Lycia, period 1, quadruple unit, p. 18, 1a; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; BMC Lycia -, VF, green patina, weight 4.315 g, maximum diameter 13.7 mm, die axis 0o, Xanthos Valley mint, c. 167 - 84 B.C.; obverse laureate bearded head of Bellerophon facing; reverse chimera to right, ΛUKIΩN above, ME ligate in exergue; SOLD


Leukas, Akarnania, Greece, c. 300 B.C.

|Akarnania|, |Leukas,| |Akarnania,| |Greece,| |c.| |300| |B.C.||AE| |17|
The ancient town of Leucas was a Corinthian colony founded to the south of the modern capital of the island of Lefkada in the 8th century B.C. During the Peloponnesian War, Leucas joined the Peloponnesian League. Locals believe Lefkada was Homer's Ithaca, and the palace of Odysseus was located west of Nydri on the south coast. They cite several passages in the Odyssey as evidence, the most notable describes Ithaca as an island reachable on foot - Lefkada is not actually an island - it is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway.
GB25150. Bronze AE 17, BMC Thessaly etc. p. 176, 34 ff., F, weight 2.716 g, maximum diameter 16.68 mm, Leucas (Lefkada, Greece) mint, c. 300 B.C.; obverse Bellerophon riding Pegasos right; reverse ΛEYKA, chimera right; ex Boston Museum of Fine Arts; SOLD







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