GREEK MYTHOLOGY SERIES – SCYLLA – 2 TROY OUNCE – 39MM
Scylla was a sea monster who haunted the rocks of a narrow strait opposite the whirlpool of Charybdis. Ships that sailed too close to her rocks would lose six men to her ravenous, darting heads.
Homer describes Skylla as a creature with twelve dangling feet, six long necks, and grisly heads lined with a triple row of sharp teeth. Her voice was likened to the yelping of dogs. This description of Skylla is probably derived from the imagery of words associated with her name–namely, “hermit-crab” (Greek skyllaros), “dog” and “dog-shark” (skylax), and “to rend” (skyllô). In classical art, she was depicted as a fish-tailed sea goddess with a cluster of canine fore-parts surrounding her waist.
- Contains 2 oz. Troy .999 Fine Silver
- Obverse: Scylla pictured next to a violent sea with ship in foreground.
- Reverse: Greek architectural dome with “GREEK MYTHOLOGY” on the ceilings surrounded by pillars and the base. Hallmark on the lower circumference below.