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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Thrace & Moesia| > |Thracian Tribes| > GS92897
Thraco-Macedonian, Mid 5th - 4th Century B.C.
|Thracian| |Tribes|, |Thraco-Macedonian,| |Mid| |5th| |-| |4th| |Century| |B.C.|, A Gorgoneion was a horror-creating apotropaic Gorgon head pendant. The name derives from the Greek word gorgs, 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.
GS92897. Silver hemiobol, Unpublished in the standard references; Roma Numismatics e-sale 41 (2 Dec 2017), lot 180 (the only other example known to FORVM), VF, well centered, toned, tribal mint, weight 0.300g, maximum diameter 6.0mm, Mid 5th - 4th Century B.C.; obverse facing head of gorgoneion Medusa; reverse incuse facing head of a lion or panther; SOLD











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