Pegasus and Dionysus Didrachm Pendant

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  • Obverse: Pegasus
  • Reverse: Dionysus
  • Date: 229 - 48 BC, Grade: Very Fine
  • Mint: Korkyra, Corfu
  • Silver Didrachm Coin in 14k Gold Pendant, Weight 11.4g
  • Framed Coin Size: 24mm Diameter, with 6mm Bail Opening for Necklace
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This coin was minted in Korkyra, which was a great Greek city on the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. Corfu is bound up with the ancient times of Greece from the beginnings of Greek mythology and the islandís history is full of battles and conquests. Korkyra was originally a colony of Corinth, founded around 730 BC. However, antagonism grew between Corinth and its colony and by the 5th century BC, Korkyra was one of the three great naval powers in Greece, along with Athens and Corinth. In 229 BC, following the naval battle of Paxos, Corfu was finally captured and became a Roman protectorate and naval station. Korkyra maintained its Greek culture and continued to mint their coinage for another two centuries.
The obverse side of this coin shows the mythological flying horse Pegasus with a palm frond, leaping from prow of a galley. 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 its back and defeat both the Chimera and the Amazons, tasks which would otherwise have been impossible for a mortal.
The reverse shows Dionysus wearing an ivy wreath. He was the son of Zeus and a major figure in Greek mythology as the god of wine, agriculture and theater. Dionysus was also the Liberator, freeing one from one's normal self and to bring an end to care and worry with music, ecstasy and wine.