FORVM Apollonia Pontika Silver Drachm 450-390 BC Facing Head of Medusa / Anchor, est $40
Item Number : 72591
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Auction Type Standard   Bonus
Current Bid $51.65     Starting Bid $0.99
Quantity N/A   # of Bids 8
Started 10/5/2019 11:18:55 PM   Location Morehead City, NC, UNITED STATES
Ends 11/4/2019 8:00:00 PM   Region N/A
Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, 480 - 450 B.C.

MA93675. Silver drachm, Topalov Apollonia p. 586, 42; SNG BM 157; SNG Cop 452; HGC 3.2 1323; SNG Stancomb -, aF, well centered, light toning, small edge splits, Apollonia Pontica (Sozopol, Bulgaria) mint, 3.308 grams, 15.1 mm, die axis 225o, 480/478 - 450 B.C.; obverse anchor flukes up, curved stock, A left, crayfish right; reverse archaic Ionian style Gorgoneion (facing head of Medusa), snakes for hair, large open mouth, pointed teeth, long protruding tongue, reverse is concave; estimated value: $40.00

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.


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