CORINTH Pegasus bronze (350-300 BC)

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CORINTHIA, CORINTH, minor, no date (350-300 BC), Obverse: Pegasos L, Reverse: trident, probably amphora L, Ω R, bronze, 12mm, 1.82g, SG2647, aVF

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Pegasus (Pegasos), the winged horse, was and remains one of the most popular characters in Greek mythology. One story has him born of Medusa, another has Poseidon as his father. Bellerophon caught him with the aid of Athena and Poseidon and rode him to meet and defeat the Chimera monster.

Corinth was a major city in the Peloponesse in south-central Greece. It was rebuilt in the 19th century after an earthquake.

We think that our culture grew out of the culture of Greece because it was in Greece (and in China) that people started thinking about how things could be different than they were in a world where everything was dangerous and might made right. They also established principles of artistic expression that we still use today. We see this approach to art in their coins.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.