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Greek: Corinthia-Corinth

A brief note about this type, courtesy of John Pennock on May 07, 2008, commenting on the somewhat recent proposal circulating on the goddess portrayed being Aphrodite: 'The ubiquity of Athena on Greek coinage and the lack of other goddesses drives a need to find the goddesses where they are not. While the worship of Aphrodite at Corinth was prominent, the story of Bellerophon bridling Pegasus was a very important myth as well. It was believed that the Acrocorinth (the acropolis of Corinth) and the spring there was where Pegasus drank when Bellerophon captured it with the help of Athena. Pausanias in his description of Greece, specifically mentions an Athena Chalinits temple in Corinth (Pausanias II.iv.1,5). Athena Chalinits, which means 'bridler', was a celebration of Athena's gift of the bridle to harness the horse. What better representation that Athena/Pegasos on their staters? There is no known connection between Aphrodite/Pegasos nor is there a known 'martial' Aphrodite. Aphrodite was not a fighter. To suggest otherwise is not to consider both sides of the coin (heh.)'


Corinthia-Corinth, AR Stater, 345-307 BC, Fifth Period, Series 2
(No legend)
Pegasus flying left, koppa below
(No legend)
Head of Athena left wearing Corinthian helmet, wreath of two grain ears enclosing N behind
21mm, 8.43g
Pegasi I, 386; Ravel 1069


Corinthia-Corinth, AR Stater, 340-320 BC
(No legend)
Pegasus flying left, koppa below
(No legend)
Head of Athena left wearing Corinthian helmet, wreath behind
19mm x 21mm, 8.57g
Pegasi I, 394; Ravel 1007


Corinthia-Corinth, AR Stater, 345-307 BC
(No legend)
Pegasus flying left, koppa below
(No legend)
Head of Athena left wearing Corinthian helmet, I below chin, Nike behind flying left holding taenia in both hands
21mm x 22mm, 8.51g
Pegasi I, 420, p.260; Ravel 1030


Corinthia-Corinth, AR Stater, 345-307 BC
(No legend)
Pegasus flying left, koppa below
(No legend)
Head of Athena left wearing Corinthian helmet, A_R below chin and bust, chimera behind facing left
21mm, 8.59g
Pegasi I, 429, p.263; Ravel 1011


Corinthia-Corinth (?), AR Drachm, c.350-306 BC
(No legend)
Pegasus flying left
(No legend)
Laureate head of Aphrodite left, hair free flowing, symbol behind
14mm x 15mm, 2.43g
Notes: The style of the reverse is most similar to Corinth, however, Arcanania-Anaktorion is also a possibility. The surface roughness is keeping me from currently fully attributing the piece.

Consignor notes: Fine, porosity.