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Ancient Greek Medusa Head Silver Drachm, 450–350 B.C.

Item Number:

509-460
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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 extremely fine condition, with minimal wear and solid clear detail on the entire coin. 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 harbor. 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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