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Ancient Coin with Gryphon


Ancient coin featuring a gryphon with reverse side showing head of Apollo. 

  • Set in 18k yellow gold, hand made in Bali
  • 18inch 18k white gold Italian made cable chain
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  • 13mm, 2.4gram authenticated coin
  • From Thrace, Abdera
  • 245-265 BC, AR Drachm

Abdera is a town on the coast of Thrace neat the mouth of the Nestos, and almost opposite Thasis.  Its mythical foundations was attributed to Heracles, its historical to a colony from Clazomenae in the 7th century B.C. The ruins of the town may still be seen on Cape Balastra. 

The gryphon, is a legendary creature with the body of lion and the head and wings of an eagle. As the lion was traditionally considered the king of beasts and the eagle the king of the birds, the gryphon was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature.  Gryphons are normally known for guarding treasure.  In antiquity it was a symbol of divine power and a guardian of the divine.