MANIFESTATIONS OF MYTHOLOGICAL IMAGES ON ANCIENT ARMENIAN COINS
Mythological images on ancient coins were intended to emphasize the majesty and power of producing them ruler, and therefore depicted mostly the supreme god, the goddess of victory, the mother goddess, animals symbolizing the royal power. The presence of mythological themes on coins basically had a number of representations, among which especially significant are the idea of the divine origin of the royal dynasty, the protection of king’s activities by gods, and many other ideas characteristic for the mythological thinking in ancient societies. In ancient Armenia, as in other countries of the Ancient World, the money circulation passed through different stages, and mythological images and themes always accompanied the images of kings, giving a special shade to the iconography of coins.
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