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1973 Greece Hellas 50 Lepta coin pendant Greek phoenix bird eagle Athens Rhodes Sparta Crete Thessaloniki Santorini Corfu Delphi Irakleion mythology Kallithea Acharnes n001023

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note: small coin


1973 Greece 50 Lepta {1-year issue} 21S 2L

FEATURING
front: A Phoenix rising from its flames

Lettering: ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ
Translation: HELLENIC REPUBLIC

back lettering:
Λ Ο
50
ΛΕΠΤΑ

In Ancient Greek folklore, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Some legends say it dies in a show of flames and combustion, others that it simply dies and decomposes before being born again. Most accounts say that it lived for 500 years before rebirth. Herodotus, Lucan, Pliny the Elder, Pope Clement I, Lactantius, Ovid, and Isidore of Seville are among those who have contributed to the retelling and transmission of the phoenix motif. The phoenix symbolized renewal in general, as well as entities and concepts such as the Sun, time, the Roman Empire, Christ, Mary, and virginity.

• quantity 1
• demonetized {no longer in circulation} polished Nickel-brass coin
• diameter: 18 mm
• weight: 2.5 g

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