Coin: Stater, Corinth
|Artifact Identification||Coin: Stater, Corinth (1900.63.0346)|
|Dimension 1 (Diameter)||1.73 cm|
|Dimension 2 (Depth)||.42 cm|
|Dimension 3 (N/A)||N/A|
|Munsell Color Information||waived|
This Greek coin is a Stater from the ancient city of Corinth on the Grecian Peloponnesus. It was struck in the early to mid 5th century BCE. The obverse is a profile of Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom, war, and peace and patron of Corinth, wearing a Corinthian helmet over a leather cap. The reverse is Pegasus, a winged horse, that sprang from the blood of Medusa when she was beheaded by Perseus. It was while Pegasus was drinking from the fountain Peirene at Corinth that Bellerophon, using a magical bridle given to him by Athena, was able to subdue Pegasus. Together they slew the chimera, a beast with a snake for a tail, the body of a goat and the head of a lion that breathed fire.