Reproduction Corinthian Silver Stater (Didrachm)
Obverse: Head of Athena left in Corinthian helmet, thyrsos (a staff of giant fennel covered with ivy vines and leaves) behind.
Reverse: The winged horse Pegasus flying left with Koppa (letter) beneath.
History: The Corinthian staters, minted and used by Corinth, her colonies and other places associated with her by trade or alliance, changed slightly and very gradually during the period of their issue (fifth, fourth and part of third centuries, B.C.). The alterations were chiefly due to the development of the artistic style.
Both Pegasus and Athena are very significant to the Greek city of Corinth. According to myth the Greek hero Bellerophon was told to sleep in the temple of Athena, where the goddess visited him in the night and presented him with a golden bridle. The next morning on the Acrocorinth or citadel of Corinth, Bellerophon found Pegasus drinking at the Pirene spring, and using the golden bridle caught him, and eventually tamed him.
Minted: 400-338 BC