Pegasus and Vellerefontes, Gold-plated 24k

Vellerefontes taming Pegasus, Ancient Corinth

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Vellerefontes taming Pegasus. In Ancient Greek mythology Vellerofontes was the greatest hero and slayer of monsters like Cadmus and Perseus before the time of Heracles. Vellerefontes tamed Pegasus with the help of Goddess Athena. The design is from decoration painted on ancient vases. It is handmade of gold-plated 24k copper, placed in wooden frame.

Dimensions: 27 cm x 27 cm x 6 cm

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In Ancient Greek mythology Bellerophon was a great hero, "the greatest hero and slayer of monsters like Cadmus and Perseus before the time of Heracles"
Pegasus was the winged horse of Greek Mythology. According to the mythological tradition that prevailed in Corinth, Pegasus was a Corinthian deity par excellence, for whom coins were minted with his representation. It was said that as soon as Pegasus sprang from Medusa, he flew to Acrocorinth and quenched his thirst in the waters of the Pyrenean spring, hence the name "Pyrenean Pole". Corinthian traditions then associate Pegasus with the tradition of Bellerophon and the Chimaera.
In later myths Pegasus is also mentioned as a horse of Heus to whom Zeus offered him as a gift to pull her chariot. In still later times Pegasus was regarded as the horse of the Muses which the poets ride and fly with him high on the artistic firmament.
Eventually the gods offered Pegasus an eternal place in the sky by creating the Pegasus Constellation.

Corinth minted staters around the middle of the 6th century. BC, which reflected its commercial and economic development. The circulation of the first Corinthian staters was locally limited. However, they were found in "treasures" in her colonies in Greater Greece, which indicates that they were wide spread.

The coin production of Corinth had a spectacular increase at the beginning of the 4th century. e.g. Corinthian coins are inspired by mythology and local history as in many cities in Greece. Pegasus was the winged horse tamed by the Corinthian hero Vellerephontes with the help of the Goddess Athena. Pegasus is depicted on the one side of the coin. Their ancient name was "poles" (polo=horse in Greek).

Around the end of the 6th c. BC, the head of Athena Chalinitis was established on other side of the coin.

480 - 470 B.C.
Dimensions (WxHxD):
2 cm
Gross Weight:
1200 gr
Gift packaging - Description Greek & English
Gold-plated 24K Copper
10 gr