AR Drachm 470-450 BC., Apollonia Pontika, Thrace - head of Gorgoneion
facing, low narrow forehead, projecting eyebrows and eyes, a
short flat nose, large open mouth, teeth and
protruding tongue, thin snakes for hair / upright anchor, A to
crayfish to right (3.37 grams, 14/13 mm)
Apollonia Pontika mint, SNG Cop. 454 SNG BM Black Sea 153-6, Very fine,
toned, estimate $250
The 5th and 4th century BC., coinage of Apollonia Pontika reflects
that city"s origins - commercial wealth and maritime power. The
gorgon was a popular apotropaic device, seen as warding off evil,
thus a number of ancient Greek cities adopted it as a coin design.
The anchor and the crayfish attest to the city"s reliance on
maritime commerce for its economy and the anchor depicted on these
coins is actually one of the first anchors of modern design
rendered in Greek art.
Early archaic type in Ionian style Gorgoneion (Medusa).
Attractive and desirable!
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