NAXOS – Sphinx

The Sphinx, a mythical creature with the head of a woman, the breast of a bird and the body of a lion, was a popular theme in the Archaic era.The Naxos Sphinx was dedicated to the sanctuary of the oracle of Delphi by the inhabitants of Naxos, around 560 BC. The impressive marble statue stood on a tall Ionic column for a thousand years, until earthquakes and landslides finally toppled and buried it along with the rest of Delphi. In 1861 several pieces of the Sphinx were found, but her head was missing. It was later discovered in a wall of the village that had grown up over the ruins and that was moved away by French archeologists who began to excavate the site in 1892.The reconstructed Sphinx can now be seen in the Delphi Museum.

Release Dates

2008

Features

  • Coin Alloy Name: Alpaca 2
  • Coin Alloy Color: pale gold
  • Coin Diameter: 31
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine
  • City: NAXOS
  • Country: Greece
  • Available: no
  • Location: NAXOS, Greece