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Ancient Greek Medusa Head Silver Drachm, About Uncirculated

Item Number:

509-461
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This is of the most interesting classic coins of Ancient Greece. It is a genuine silver drachm of Apollonia Pontika, or the City of Apollo, dating from the mid 5th to mid 4th century BCE. The coin is in superb About Uncirculated condition, just about as originally struck. A certificate of authenticity and information page are included.

The obverse of this coin features an image of the mythological Medusa, who could turn a person into stone by looking at them. Several different images of Medusa have been used, sometimes with clear snakes in her hair, sometime with stylized snakes or ringlets for hair. The obverse features an anchor, a crayfish, and usually the letter “A” for Apollonia.

Apollonia Pontika was founded in 610 BC by Ionian Greeks from Miletus and named after Apollo. A 30' high 13 ton bronze statue of Apollo by the sculptor Kalamis guarded the harbour. When Roman legions under Marcus Lucullus sacked Apollonia in 72 BC the statue was taken to Rome, but lost in antiquity. The city was renamed Sozopol ("Salvation") in the 4th century AD when it accepted Christianity and still exists today in Bulgaria, a hamlet of 4500 people with a yearly "Apollonia" arts festival.

Includes:
• Medusa's Head Silver Drachm 450-350 BCE

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3.5

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2.0

Some advertizing whiz - not enough bang.

By Canadian Dad

from Edmonton

Bronze Reviewer

Got delivery today. May keep in my collection. Packaging was one opened so some else must have returned it.

It's old, coin is oval not round. In my opinion stike is average.

Coin is smaller than I expected. Even smaller that was presented on video. Maybe because it's oval. I paid full price (not blockbuster) so I figured I would get a great example.

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5.0

Nice example of Ancient Greek Coinage

By Coin Junky

from Ontario

Bronze Reviewer

I was very impressed with the coin I recieved. The written history of medusa was very interesting. It was very well presented and the windowed diplay box is great for displaying the coin to others.

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