Description:This ancient coin was minted in the city of Epidamnos, which was located along the Adriatic Sea, in present day Albania. Greek settlers from Corinth and Corcyra founded this city in 627 BC, bringing with them their Hellenic civilization. After the Romans conquered the region of Illyria in the 3rd century BC, Epidamnos became a major naval base and the main port in Greece for travel to and from the Italian Peninsula.
This 4th century BC coin, features Pegasus, the Greek mythological flying horse. Pegasus first set foot on Earth at Corinth. With the help of Athena, who presented him with a golden bridle, a young Corinthian nobleman named Bellerophon captured Pegasus while he paused to drink from a spring. He then tamed Pegasus so he could ride on itsí back and defeat both the Chimera and the Amazons, tasks which would otherwise have been impossible for a mortal.
Athena is shown on the reverse, wearing a Corinthian helmet, with a dolphin above her and a club to the left in the background. She was the Greek Goddess of wisdom, peace, warfare, strategy and reason. An armed warrior Goddess, Athena appears in Greek mythology as a helper of many heroes, including Odysseus, Jason and Hercules. In Classical Greek myths she never consorts with a lover, earning the title Athena Parthenos "Athena the Virgin", hence the name of her most famous temple, the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens.