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Corinth, Stater

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Corinth, Stater (obverse) Corinth, Stater (reverse)

The motif on the coins of Corinth was Pegasus, the legendary winged horse. It was connected to Corinth in a special way legend had it that Pegasus, scratching with his hoof on the rock Acrocorinthus, had released the spring of Peirene, the fountain that supplies Corinth with fresh water. Another version had it that the spring was a favored watering-hole of Pegasus.

The reverse of the early Corinthian coins showed a simple square, the so-called quadratum incusum. The square was later transformed into a swastika, as can be seen on this coin.

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