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Greek Bronze Griffin and Apollo, Abdera Thrace 352-323 BC (051)

$1,575.00

Description

Ancient bronze coin with an image of a beautifully centered Griffin.  Apollo is on the reverse side of the pendant.  A perfect talisman to guard treasures and embody wisdom, strength, and healing.

One of a kind with certificate of authenticity.

Size and Material

Bronze 15mm coin in an 18kt gold mount. 

Chain is sold separately.  See Chains

Story

Dated:  352-323 BC

The coin was minted in Abdera, Thrace (Eastern Macedonia)

Abdera was in the part of Thrace that is now Greece, eastern Macedonia.  On the southern coast of Thrace, Abdera was a city of commercial importance, with its earliest coins from 530 BC.

Apollo is the Olympian god of the sun, music, healing, knowledge, beauty, agriculture, and protection of the young.  An embodiment of the Hellenic ideal of kalokagathia, he is harmony, reason and moderation personified.

Griffin is a mythical creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle.  Since classical antiquity, griffins were known for guarding treasures and priceless possessions.  Pliny the Elder wrote, "Griffins were said to lay eggs in burrows on the ground and these nests contained gold nuggets." - Wikipedia

Being a magical combination of the king of beasts and the king of birds, the Griffin embodies wisdom, strength, and knowing.

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