Description:This ancient coin featuring Pegasus, was minted in the western Greek city of Thyrreion, located near the southern shores of the Ambracian Gulf. Thyrreion, along with other settlements in the region, were founded by the Corinthians in the 7th century BC and over time became the Acarnanian Confederacy.
In classical Greek mythology, Pegasus was the flying horse who 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 the flying horse while it 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. Pegasus was also mortal and because of his faithful service, on the last day of his life, Zeus the king of the gods, transformed him into a constellation.
Athena is shown on the reverse of this coin, wearing a Corinthian helmet, with a Boeotian shield in the background. She was the Greek goddess of wisdom, peace, warfare, strategy and reason. Athena was known to be a shrewd companion of heroes, including Odysseus, Jason, and Hercules. In 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.