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Pegasus on Ancient Coins

Pegasos, the celebrated winged horse, and symbol of Corinth, was sired by Poseidon in his role as horse-god, and sprung from the blood of Medusa. Flying to Helicon he struck the earth with his hoof creating the fountain of Hippocrene, sacred to the nine muses. Pegasos was thus a symbol of Apollo, the God of Poetry and Song, who presided over the muses. Bellerophon rode Pegasos in his combat with the Chimaera.

Lampsakos, Mysia, 4th Century B.C.

|Lampsakos|, |Lampsakos,| |Mysia,| |4th| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |10|
Lampsakos was founded by Greek colonists from Phocaea in the 6th century B.C. Soon afterward it became a main competitor of Miletus, controlling the trade roots in the Dardanelles. During the 6th and 5th centuries B.C., Lampsacus was successively dominated by Lydia, Persia, Athens, and Sparta. Artaxerxes I assigned it to Themistocles with the expectation that the city supply the Persian king with its famous wine. When Lampsacus joined the Delian League after the battle of Mycale in 479 B.C., it paid a tribute of twelve talents, a testimony to its wealth.
GB99210. Bronze AE 10, SNG Cop 206, SNG BnF 1223, SNGvA 1300, Waddington 887, aVF, glossy green patina, corrosion, pitting, weight 1.725 g, maximum diameter 10.3 mm, die axis 270o, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, 4th century B.C.; obverse ΛAM, female (nymph IO?) head right, hair in sakkos; reverse ΨA, forepart of Pegasos right; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 109 - 108 B.C., New Style Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |109| |-| |108| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Tetradrachm||tetradrachm|
The "New Style" tetradrachms were issued by Athens as a semi-autonomous city under Roman rule. The new-style Owls are markedly different from the Owls of Periclean Athens or the "eye in profile" Athena head of the Fourth Century. They were struck on thinner, broad flans, typical of the Hellenistic period, with a portrait of Athena that reflected the heroic portraiture of the period. The owl now stands on an amphora, surrounded by magistrates' names and symbols, all within an olive wreath. The amphora is marked with a letter that may indicate the month of production. Letters below the amphora may indicate the source of the silver used in production.
SH95402. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 727c; Svoronos Athens pl. 59, 6, VF, nicely toned, high relief, marks, weight 16.699 g, maximum diameter 28.5 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 109 - 108 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right, triple-crested helmet decorated with curvilinear ornament on the shell, Pegasos right above the raised earpiece, and protomes of horses above the visor; reverse A-ΘE / ∆A-MΩN / ΣΩΣ/IKPA/THΣ ΘEO/∆ΩP, owl standing right on amphora on its side, on right bow and quiver, E (?, unstruck) on Amphora, AΠ under amphora, all within olive wreath; magistrates Damon, Sosikrates, and Theodor(os); ex Forum (2012); SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 152 - 151 B.C., New Style Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |152| |-| |151| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Tetradrachm||tetradrachm|
This issue introduced the letter on the amphora, which that may indicate the month of production. Only one example listed in Thompson with this obverse die had a legible letter on the amphora, the letter M.
SH26466. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 83; cf. Svoronos Athens pl. 35, 19; BMC -; SNG Cop -; SNG Britain -, SNG Delepierre -; Weber -; SNG ANS -, VF, flat areas, weight 16.431 g, maximum diameter 33.4 mm, die axis 0o, early period; obverse head of Athena Parthenos right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with Pegasos; reverse A−ΘE, owl stands right on amphora, XM monogram left, AΦN monogram over two snakes right, Λ on amphora, all within olive wreath; nice style; rare; SOLD


Corinth, Corinthia, Greece, 345 - 307 B.C.

|Corinth|, |Corinth,| |Corinthia,| |Greece,| |345| |-| |307| |B.C.||drachm|
Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality. In a contest to select the fairest goddess, Zeus made Paris the judge. Aphrodite presented herself naked and whispered that if he chose her, he would have the most beautiful mortal woman in the world as a wife. This was Helen, already married to King Menelaus of Sparta. The Trojan war was the revenge of the defeated Hera and Athena.
GS95946. Silver drachm, BCD Korinth 171; SNG Fitzwilliam 3457; SNG Cop 137; BMC Corinth p. 50, 411; HGC 4 1869 (R1), aVF, toned, centered on a tight flan, light marks, mild porosity, light die wear, weight 2.255 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 0o, Corinth mint, 345 - 307 B.C.; obverse Pegasos flying left, straight wings, koppa below; reverse head of Aphrodite left, hair in a sakkos, wearing earring and necklace, monogram behind; from the Errett Bishop Collection; rare; SOLD


Bargylia, Caria, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

|Other| |Caria|, |Bargylia,| |Caria,| |2nd| |-| |1st| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |15|
According to myth, Bargylia, on the coast of Caria between Iasos and Myndus, was founded by Bellerophon in honor of his companion Bargylos, who had been killed by a kick from Pegasus. Near Bargylia was the Temple of Artemis Kindyas. Strabo reports the local belief that rain would fall around the temple but never touch it.
GB40774. Bronze AE 15, SNG Cop 178, F, weight 2.567 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 270o, Bargylia (Bogazici, Turkey) mint, obverse forepart of Pegasos right; reverse BAPΓYΛIHTΩN, forepart of stag right; scarce; SOLD


Bargylia, Caria, 1st Century B.C.

|Other| |Caria|, |Bargylia,| |Caria,| |1st| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |12|
According to myth, Bargylia, on the coast of Caria between Iasos and Myndus, was founded by Bellerophon in honor of his companion Bargylos, who had been killed by a kick from Pegasus. Near Bargylia was the Temple of Artemis Kindyas. Strabo reports the local belief that rain would fall around the temple but never touch it.
GB82943. Bronze AE 12, SNG Cop 176, VF, weight 2.197 g, maximum diameter 12.2 mm, die axis 270o, Bargylia (Bogazici, Turkey) mint, obverse forepart of Pegasos right; reverse BAPΓYΛIHTΩN, statue of Artemis Kindyas; SOLD







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