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Pegasus, the mythical winged horse, whose name in Greek means 'strong', was the offspring of Poseidon and Medusa. He is often seen on the coinage of Corinth as he, according to myth, helped the Corinthian hero Bellerophon, to defeat the mighty Chimaera.

Reproduction of a stater of the 'Pegasi' type, minted in Corinth and her western colonies Leucas and Ambracia during the first quarter of the 5th century BC.

The appearance of the silver stater at Corinth was changed towards the end of the 6th century BC by the addition of a head of Athena with Corinthian helmet as a reverse design to join the Pegasus on the obverse.

Pegasus coin cufflinks

SKU: JV-041
  • dimensions

    Diameter of coin: 2cm
  • more about Pegasus

    The mythical, winged, divine horse. His father was Poseidon, and he was born from the blood of the decapitated Medusa. After his birth, Pegasus flew to Mount Olympus where he placed himself at the disposal of Zeus, to whom he would bring thunderbolts.

    Bellerophon, King of Corinth, managed to capture Pegasus, tamed him with a golden bridle given by Athena, and with his help, killed the fire-breathing Chimaera, who was threatening to destroy the city. Some of the coins minted in Corinth are called 'pegasi' and show Pegasus on one side, helmeted Athena on the other. Pegasus also features on coins from Syracuse, a colony of Corinth.

    Every time Pegasus' hoof touched the earth, a spring of fresh water appeared. The most famous one is the Hippocrene - 'horse spring' - on Mount Helicon, home of the Nine Muses.

    Pegasus is regarded as a symbol of liberty, free spirit, inspiration, potential, and spiritual freedom. Eventually, Zeus transformed him into the constellation that bears his name.

  • about this collection of jewellery

    It has been a privilege to work with the Vaphiadis family since 2007. They are one of the best manufacturers of sterling silver jewellery in Greece.

    The collection is inspired by ancient Greek silver and gold coins, the art and jewellery of the Minoan civilisation, familiar symbolic motifs and images, and the animals that played a significant part in ancient Greek culture.

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