Ancient Greece Pegasus Stater  375BC to 340BC
Ancient Greece Pegasus Stater 375BC to 340BC

Is this coin really neat, or what? It is a silver stater from the great city of Corinth in Ancient Greece. There appears to be an argument about precisely whose profile appears with the hard-to-miss headdress. It might be Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation, or Athena, goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. I guess with both of them you've got most bases covered.

There's no argument about the winged horse. That's Pegasus, or Pegasos, one of the best known creatures in Greek mythology. There is an excellent page about coins with Pegasus over at ForumAncientCoins.

The coin in our picture is in excellent shape. The devices are well defined and the fields are free of marks, gouges, nicks, and other distractions. It is currently up for auction by Roma Numismatics in London, where the estimated price is 500 British pounds, about $800 US dollars. The coin is so nice, I would not be surprised if the auction hammer fell near $1000. CoinQuest thanks Roma for use of their coin photo.

These are very collectible coins. They are very interesting, and collectors like coins with intriguing themes. Low-end examples sell near the $100 mark, but superb high-end coins tip over $2000. Roughly:

worn: $150 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $700
well preserved: $1800

Like all ancient coins, individual specimens stand on their own merits. Coins without much wear or deterioration command strong prices. Coins with off-center patterns, strong corrosion, discoloration, or heavy scratches will be worth small amounts.

Coin: 16716 , Genre: Ancient
Requested by: Jason, Wed, 19-Mar-2014 23:56:45 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 20-Mar-2014 02:03:45 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tue, 08-Mar-2016 21:15:34 GMT
Requester description: Coin has a Pegasus and Aphrodite Unknown
Tags: ancient greece pegasus stater anciet aphrodite hat cap pegasos horse wing hood caps hooded pegases pony horsehead hores horseback horses stallion headdress


while in Greece 50 years ago I brought the Pegasus/Athena coin back after serving in the army here. Beautiful, indeed. The Athena is facing to the right as I view the coin, and I see in various photos, this coin has the head facing in either direction. Cannot find reason for this. Thank you for reading my note here. Gerald Pedersen.
- Gerald Pedersen
Hi Gerald -- Yes, you are correct. Both the horse and the goddess can face either direction. Coins where minted in all four possible combinations. Values are not strongly affected. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have that in brass ??
Is it duplicate ???
It seems old - arjun
It is probably a replica. If you'd like us to have a look at it, please CLICK HERE to get started. - CoinQuest (Todd)





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