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Neapolis, Macedon AR Didrachm Stater 525-450 BC Ancient Greek Silver Coin Medusa Gorgon Museum Reproduction CSGDS0020


Silver Greek Didrachm Neapolis, Macedon, struck 525-450 B.C. References: AMNG III 2; SNG ANS 401; Dewing 1063.

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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.

A Gorgoneion was a horror-creating apotropaic Gorgon head pendant. The name derives from the Greek word gorgós, 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.

Obverse side
Facing gorgoneion with protruding tongue

Reverse side
Quadripartite incuse

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

Weight 7,35 g
Dimensions 17,7 mm


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