COIN PENDANT FEATURING BUST OF PRANCING RAMPANT HORSE
480 - 450 B.C.
Bold and breath-taking, this
cast solid filigree design custom pendant setting handsomely showcases a stunning, GENUINE ancient
Greek silver coin depicting the forepart of a prancing rampant horse. The immaculate detail and
rare preservation proudly displays the finest artwork of Classic Greece. The
ancient silver has a wonderful luster beneath its darkened patina which wonderfully brings out the detail of the
horse with its forepaws raised. The coin is a silver hemidrachm
and was minted in Thessaly from 480 - 450 B.C.. The pendant is not
meant to be worn on either side but the other side of the coin is
visible showing a youth restraining a bull. The coin's theme
refers to an ancient Greek game called TAUROKATHAPSIA, similar to modern
rodeo bull wrestling. A youth would ride out on a horse along a
bull and leap from the horse, grasping the bull by the horns and
wrestling the bull over to the ground. Each side of the coin
depicts both aspects of this game with the better side shown of the
I get many requests for equestrian-themed coins and this is one of the
more beautiful and artistic I have used. Its direct link with
ancient horsemanship competitions make it a perfect piece for anyone
that loves horses or is involved with equestrian competition.
The custom-made, high polished 14K yellow gold pendant
setting contrasts well with the ancient silver. With its large bail, this pendant can easily fit on
wide Omega chains as well as a host of other style large necklaces.
This is one piece that will be the talk of any gathering where it is
worn. Certainly, you wouldn't have to worry about someone else
showing up with one like it! A one-of-a-kind masterpiece of modern
jewelry craftsmanship and authentic ancient Greek art featuring a
In ancient Greek times, the lowlands of Thessaly
became the home of baronial families, such as the Aleuads of Larissa or
the Scopads of Crannon. These baronial families organized a
federation across the Thessaly region, later went on to control the
Amphictyonic League in northern Greece. The Thessalians were
renowned for their cavalry.
During the Greco-Persian Wars the Aleuads joined the Persians. In
the Peloponnesian War the Thessalians tended to side with Athens and
usually prevented Spartan troops from crossing through their territory
with the exception of the army of Brasidas. In the 4th century BC
Thessaly became dependent on Macedon and many served in its military.
diameter is 22 mm.
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