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Apollonia Pontika, Thrace AR Drachm 480-450 BC Ancient Greek Silver Coin Gorgoneion Medusa Museum Reproduction CSGO0010


Silver Greek Drachm (14.1mm, 2.38g.) Apollonia Pontika, Thrace mint, struck 480-450 B.C. References: SNG BM Black Sea 167; SNG Copenhagen 459.

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Apollonia Pontica was founded as Antheia by Greek colonists from Miletus in the 7th century B.C. They soon changed its name to Apollonia after building a temple for Apollo. The temple contained a colossal statue of Apollo by Calamis, which was later taken to Rome and placed in the Capitol. The anchor on the coinage is evidence of the importance of its maritime trade.

Homer wrote about the Gorgon on four occasions, but only about the head, as if the creature had no body. Up to the 5th century B.C., the head depicted was very ugly, with her tongue sticking out, boar tusks, puffy cheeks, her eyeballs staring straight ahead and the snakes twisting all around her. The direct frontal stare was highly unusual in ancient Greek art. In some cases a beard, (probably representing streaks of blood) was added to her chin, making her appear as a wild. Gorgoneia painted on the shields of warriors on mid-5th century Greek vases, however, are not as ugly, strange or frightening. By that time, the Gorgon had lost her tusks and the snakes were rather stylized. The Hellenistic marble known as the Medusa Rondanini shows how the Gorgon changed over time into a beautiful woman.
Obverse side
Facing gorgoneion

Reverse side
Anchor; A and crayfish under each fluke

A perfect choice for Numismatists, Historians, Military Veterans, Collectors.

Weight 2,38 g
Dimensions 14,1 mm


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