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Greek Colony of Apollonia Pontica, Silver Medusa Drachm (Late 5th-4th Centuries BC) - obv. Gorgon/rv. Anchor with "A" & Crayfish NGC Ch. VF

Greek Colony of Apollonia Pontica, Silver Medusa Drachm (Late 5th-4th Centuries BC) - obv. Gorgon/rv. Anchor with "A" & Crayfish NGC Ch. VF
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Why add this late 5th-4th Centuries BC Ancient Greek Apollonia Pontica Silver Drachm to your collection?

The ancient city of Apollonia Pontica dates from the Bronze Age and was located on the Black Sea. It is known today as Sozopol, Bulgaria. The depiction of an anchor and crayfish on the coinage of Apollonia Pontica reflects the city's reliance on sea power for its commercial and maritime economy. Ancient cultures also respected the Gorgon as a mythical guard against evil. Thus, the image of a Gorgon was struck onto these Apollonia Pontica silver drachms as a means of warding evil away from the bearer. A powerful female creature in Greek mythology, the most famous of these was the legendary Medusa, with her terrifying gaze that could turn one to stone.

The coin's symbolic imagery.

The obverse of the Apollonian drachm features a Gorgon with its tongue protruding from its mouth, surrounded by the traditional hair comprised of hissing snakes. Medusa in all her glory! The reverse depicts an anchor with a crayfish to the right, and an "A" inscribed to the left to represent Apollonia. It is one of the first depictions of a modern anchor in ancient Greek art.

What does NGC Choice Very Fine mean?

This Apollonian drachm, struck in the late 5th-4th Centuries BC, is graded by the Ancient Coin division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as Choice Very Fine (Ch.VF). With a Sheldon Scale equivalent of 30-35, these coins will exhibit pleasing details, with some ancient circulation wear on the high points. They were actually used in ancient commerce!

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Year of Issue:Late 5th-4th Centuries BC
Mint:Ancient Mint
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:Ch. VF
Composition:Silver
Denomination:1