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Apollonia Pontica, Thrace

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.

Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, 450 - 425 B.C.

|Apollonia| |Pontica|, |Apollonia| |Pontika,| |Thrace,| |450| |-| |425| |B.C.||drachm|
Homer wrote about the Gorgon on four occasions, but only about the head, as if the creature had no body. Up to the 5th century B.C., the head depicted was very ugly, with her tongue sticking out, boar tusks, puffy cheeks, her eyeballs staring straight ahead and the snakes twisting all around her. The direct frontal stare was highly unusual in ancient Greek art. In some cases a beard, (probably representing streaks of blood) was added to her chin, making her appear as a wild. Gorgoneia painted on the shields of warriors on mid-5th century Greek vases, however, are not as ugly, strange or frightening. By that time, the Gorgon had lost her tusks and the snakes were rather stylized. The Hellenistic marble known as the Medusa Rondanini shows how the Gorgon changed over time into a beautiful woman..Medusa Rondanini
GS29544. Silver drachm, Topalov Apollonia II p. 588, 44; SNG BM 159; HGC 3.2 1324; SNG Stancomb -, SNG Cop -, gVF, weight 3.360 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 0o, Apollonia Pontica (Sozopol, Bulgaria) mint, 450 - 425 B.C.; obverse gorgoneion (facing head of Medusa), round face, protruding tongue, straight human hair, wearing taenia, with snakes around, in shallow round incuse; reverse inverted anchor, large flukes, A left, crayfish right, round slight incuse; SOLD


Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, 480 - 450 B.C.

|Apollonia| |Pontica|, |Apollonia| |Pontika,| |Thrace,| |480| |-| |450| || |B.C.||drachm|
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.
GA33797. Silver drachm, Topalov Apollonia p. 586, 41; SNG BM 153; SNG Cop 454; SGCV I 1655; HGC 3.2 1323, VF, desirable early archaic type, typical ragged flan, weight 3.342 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, Apollonia Pontica (Sozopol, Bulgaria) mint, 480/478 - 450 B.C.; obverse anchor flukes up, curved stock, crayfish left, A right; reverse archaic Ionian style gorgoneion (facing head of Medusa), snakes for hair, large open mouth, teeth and long protruding tongue, reverse is concave; SOLD


Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, c. 480 - 450 B.C.

|Apollonia| |Pontica|, |Apollonia| |Pontika,| |Thrace,| |c.| |480| |-| |450| |B.C.||drachm|
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.
GS84182. Silver drachm, Topalov Apollonia p. 586, 41; SNG BM 153; SNG Cop 454; SGCV I 1655; HGC 3.2 1323, VF, excellent style, tight flan, edge crack, weight 3.136 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 270o, Apollonia Pontica (Sozopol, Bulgaria) mint, c. 480/478 - 450 B.C.; obverse upside-down anchor, crayfish left, A right; reverse Attic style gorgoneion (facing head of Medusa), wearing taenia, normal human hair, snakes around; ex Forum (2009); SOLD







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