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Neapolis Macedon AR Didrachm Stater 480-450 BC Ancient Greek Silver Coin Medusa Museum Reproduction CSGDS0004

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Silver Greek Stater (22.2mm, 10.00g.) Neapolis, Macedon, struck 480-450 B.C. References: SNG ANS 410; HGC III, no. 583; cf. Dewing 1064.

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Description

Neapolis, Macedonia (Kavala, Greece today), was founded by settlers from Thasos near the end of the 7th century B.C., to exploit the rich gold and silver mines of the area. At the end of the 6th century B.C. Neapolis (“new city” in Greek) claimed its independence from Thasos and struck its own silver coins with the head of Gorgon. A member of the Athenian League, Neapolis was besieged by the allied armies of the Spartans and the Thasians in 411 B.C., during the Peloponnesian War, but remained faithful to Athens. The Apostle Paul landed at Neapolis on his second and third missionary journeys.
This issue was hand struck (hammered) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (ancient Roman province Philippopolis). It goes without saying you always get the exact item in the picture.
A Gorgoneion was a horror-creating apotropaic Gorgon head pendant. The name derives from the Greek word gorg√≥s, which means “dreadful.” The Gorgons were three sisters who had hair of living, venomous snakes, and a horrifying face that turned those who saw it to stone. Stheno and Euryale were immortal, but their sister Medusa was not, and was slain by Perseus. Zeus, Athena, Hellenistic kings and Roman emperors wore Gorgoneion for protection. Images of the Gorgons were also put upon objects and buildings for protection. A Gorgon image is at the center of the pediment of the temple at Corfu, the oldest stone pediment in Greece from about 600 B.C.
DESIGN:
Obverse side
Gorgoneion facing, with tongue protruding
Legend:
Anepigraphic

Reverse side
Quadripartite incuse square
Legend:
Anepigraphic

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

Additional information

Weight 10 g
Dimensions 22,2 mm

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