Zeus and Thunderbolt Pendant

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  • Obverse: Zeus
  • Reverse: Winged Thunderbolt
  • Date: 188 - 133 BC. Grade: Very Fine
  • Mint: Ankyra, Phrygia, Greek Asia
  • Bronze Coin in 14k Gold Pendant, Weight 9g
  • Framed Coin Size: 21mm Diameter, with 5.5mm Bail Opening for Necklace
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This coin was minted in the Hellenistic region of Phrygia, which was located in modern-day west-central Turkey. Stories of the heroic age of Greek mythology tell of the Phrygian King Midas, who turned whatever he touched to gold and according to Homer's Iliad, the Phrygians participated in the Trojan War as close allies of the Trojans.
In 333 BC, Alexander the Great liberated this area from the Persians and by 188 BC, the southern remnant of Phrygia came under the control of the Attalid Dynasty of Pergamon. The Attalids were loyal supporters of Rome, ruling with intelligence and generosity and the Greek cities in this Kingdom maintained a level of independence. When the ruler Attalus III died without an heir in 133 BC, he bequeathed the whole of Pergamon to Rome in order to prevent a civil war.
This 2nd century BC coin features Zeus, who in Greek Mythology, Zeus oversaw the universe and was the "Father of gods and men". He was the God of sky and thunder and his symbols are the bull and eagle along with the thunderbolt, which is shown on the reverse of this coin within a wreath. Known for his escapades, Zeus fathered many godly and heroic children including Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Persephone, Dionysus, Perseus and Hercules.