Corinthia Corinth 330-300 BC Pegasus Silver Stater NGC AU with Rare Artemis mint mark on the reverse. Corinthia Corinth 330-300BC Pegasus Silver Stater with Rare Artistic Artemis Mint Mark floating behind Athena's Head NGC AU Strike 4/5 Surface 4/5. Among the loveliest of the ancient coins is the silver stater minted in Corinth, commonly known now as the Pegasus Stater because it bears the image of the winged horse on the front of the coin.The Greek city-state of Corinth was one of the largest of the ancient cities, a large, bustling center of trade. Its location allowed it to control access to the Peloponnesus overland, and to the maritime paths between the east and the west Mediterranean. The Corinth Pegasus bears the winged horse Pegasus, aligned with both Athena and with Poseidon, on its front.
On the reverse, it bears the head of Athena, Greek goddess of both wisdom and war. The artwork on the coins is quite refined in contrast with other ancient coins of the time, the Athens Owl and the Aegina Turtle. Pegasus was born from the blood of Medusa after she was beheaded by the Greek hero Perseus. The beautiful horse was wild and answered to no one, until Bellerophon, with the aid of a golden bridle given him by Athena, tamed the horse. Bellerophon later became King of Corinth, entwining the city forever with the flying horse, the goddess of wisdom and the god of the sea.Pegasus appears on many coins from the ancient world, but it is the Corinthian silver stater that is most highly prized, both for its beauty and for its history. The Star designation sets it apart from many others for its craftsmanship and museum quality eye appeal. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins: Ancient\Greek (450 BC-100 AD)".
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