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Greek Colony of Apollonia Pontica, Silver Drachm (Late 5th-4th Centuries BC) - Medusa Portrait Box

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Why add this Ancient Greek Apollonian drachm to your collection?

Apollonia Pontica was a prosperous seaport located on the western coast of the Black Sea. Depicting nautical themed reverse imagery, the city coinage struck in the 5th and 4th Centuries BC reflects the importance of the sea to their economy. These Apollonian silver drachms measure approximately 13 mm in diameter and weigh around 2.85 grams.

Imagery Derived from Greek Mythology

The face of a Medusa with its tongue sticking out is depicted on the obverse. Also known as a Gorgon, the Medusa is known in Greek mythology as a monster with venomous snakes for hair, with the ability to turn to stone those who would dare to look upon her. She is believed to thwart evil and was a powerful symbol of luck and protection to the ancient Greeks.

The symbol of the city, an anchor, is featured on the reverse, along with a crayfish and an "A," the Mint mark for the city of Apollonia. Interestingly, this represents one of the first depictions of a modern anchor in ancient Greek art.

Stunning Silver Drachm in Custom Box

This beautifully struck silver drachm of ancient Apollonia Pontica is encapsulated and presented in a handsome wood display case accompanied by a narrative detailing the myth of the Medusa.

This Apollonian drachm featuring the image of a Medusa will make an outstanding addition to your collection of ancient coins! Purchase from MCM today!


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Composition:Silver
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