AE18. 3.8g, 17.7mm
MINTED: AKARNANIA, Leukas, circa 350-250 BC
REF: SNG Cop 370
OBVERSE: Bellerophon in petasos with spear, riding Pegasos right.
REVERSE: Chimera right, [Λ]EY[KA] in exergue.
Almost Very Fine/Fine. Dark green patina with areas of red. Minor roughness.
Wonderful mythological type depicting the Greek hero Bellerophon, who tamed the legendary winged horse, Pegasos, and rode upon it to slay the Chimera, a fire-breathing monster that had the parts of a lion, goat, and snake.
Leukas (present day Lefkada) is an island in the Ionian Sea off the western coast of Greece connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. The sanctuary of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was one of the most important on the island. A legend written about by the Athenian playwright Menander suggests that the famous poet Sappho of Lesbos (620-570 BC) committed suicide by leaping off the cliffs of Leukas.
AKARNANIA, Leukas . 350-250 BC . AE18 . Bellerophon, Pegasos & the Chimera
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