Zeus and Athena Stater Pendant

Item #3924

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  • Obverse: Head of Zeus
  • Reverse: Athena
  • Date: 196 - 146 BC. Grade: Good Very Fine
  • Mint: Larissa, Central Greece
  • Silver Stater Coin in 14k Gold Pendant, Weight 10.6g
  • Framed Coin Size: 25mm Diameter, with 6mm Bail Opening for Necklace
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This Greek Stater coin was minted following the great victory in the Second Macedonian War in 200 197 BC, of the Roman General Flamininus over Philip V of Macedon. Rome was allied with Pergamon and Rhodos, and the defeated Philip V was forced to abandon all his possessions in Greece, including Thrace and Asia Minor. This victory freed the Greeks, who celebrated by issuing this new autonomous coinage.
The head of Zeus, the most powerful Greek god, is shown on the obverse crowned with oak leaves. In Greek mythology, Zeus oversaw the universe and was the "Father of gods and men." He ruled as king of the gods on Mount Olympus and as god of the sky and thunder with the power to hurl lightning bolts as a weapon.
Athena, brandishing a spear and holding a shield, is depicted on the reverse. Athena, according to Greek mythology, was born full-grown and armored from the forehead of Zeus and was his favorite child. Athena became the Goddess of wisdom, peace, warfare, strategy, agricultural arts and reason. An armed warrior Goddess, Athena appears in Greek mythology as a helper of many heroes, including Odysseus, Jason and Heracles. 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.