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Every coin tells a tale. This one pays tribute to the greatest epic of all time.
Though scholars will forever debate the origins, the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey have shaped heroic ideals since they were first penned --- legendarily by the blind Greek poet Homer in the 8th century BC. Together, the two poems form the centerpiece of Greek literature -- tales of war, victory and man's journey through life that have riveted readers for over 2,700 years.
This ancient bronze coin hails from Smyrna, believed by many to be the great poet's birthplace. It was also the source of the Meles River, along which was the legendary cave where residents claim Homer composed his poems. Issued in the second or first century BC, the coin's obverse features a portrait of Apollo, the Greek god of poetry. The reverse bears a depiction of the poet Homer, seated and stately. An enduring symbol of the enduring power of the story.
Issued 2nd-1st century BC
Struck of solid bronze
Weight 8-9 grams
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