A distinctive pendant from the A. Leondarakis collection with a unique design.
The pendant is a copy of a B.C. 400, four drachma, silver coin from the ancient Greek city of Ephesus. On the front it features a bee and on the reverse a stag and a palm tree.
Ephesus was an important center of worship of the Greek goddess Artemis, and the images on Ephesian coinage represent her. Originally the bee was the symbol of an early Anatolian goddess who the Greeks later identified with Artemis. The two Greek letters, epsilon and phi, on either side of the bee are an abbreviation for Ephesus.
On the back, the palm tree alludes to Artemis’ birthplace, the island of Delos, where, under a palm tree, the goddess Leto gave birth to Artemis and her twin brother, Apollo. The forepart of a stag symbolizes Artemis’ affinity with animals, and may also refer to the stag figures that flanked her cult statue in the temple at Ephesus. (http://www.getty.edu)
The coin is made from solid 925 sterling silver and is engulfed by solid 14K yellow gold. On its back it carries the metal fineness stamps.
It will be sent to you with a natural leather string in a presentation box for you to keep or present as a gift.
Established in 1920, A. Leondarakis is a family run business with a long history committed in the production of quality, unconventional gold and silver jewelry with a recognizable identity.
The A. Leondarakis name ensures that this artifact was made with quality in mind and will be a possession to enjoy.
Length 2.9cm x Width 2.4cm (1.14″ x 0.94″)
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