Description:This silver stater coin was minted in the city of Leukas, located on an island just off the west coast of the Greek mainland in the Ionian Sea. Leukas, along with other settlements in the region, were founded by the Corinthians in the 7th century BC and over time became the Acarnanian confederacy. This ancient coin features Pegasus, the Greek mythological flying horse, normally depicted as pure white, 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 Pegasus while he paused to drink from a spring. He then tamed Pegasus so he could ride on its 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.
On the reverse of this coin, Athena is wearing a Corinthian helmet with a caduceus (serpent entwined staff) behind her in the background. Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom, peace, warfare, strategy, handicrafts 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.