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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Thrace & Moesia| > |Apollonia Pontica| > GS29544
Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, 450 - 400 B.C.
Apollonia Pontica was founded as Antheia by Greek colonists from Miletus in the 7th century B.C. They soon changed its name to Apollonia after building a temple for Apollo. The temple contained a colossal statue of Apollo by Calamis, which was later taken to Rome and placed in the Capitol. The anchor on the coinage is evidence of the importance of its maritime trade.
GS29544. Silver drachm, Topalov Apollonia p. 342, 6; Pozzi 2563; HGC 3.2 1324; SNG BM -; SNG Stancomb -; SNG Cop -, gVF, Apollonia Pontica (Sozopol, Bulgaria) mint, weight 3.360g, maximum diameter 13.6mm, die axis 0o, 450 - 400 B.C.; obverse Attic style gorgoneion (facing head of Medusa), human hair, wearing taenia, snakes around, tongue protruding; reverse upside-down anchor, A left, crayfish right; very rare; SOLD


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