Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Gorgon Medusa

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

411/356 BC

Artist:

Greek; minted in Neapolis, ancient Macedon, Greece

About this artwork

Obverse: Gorgon’s head with neat, tight curls
Reverse: Head of Parthenos of Neapolis laureate to right

The three Gorgon sisters were winged deities of which Medusa is the most famous. She bore the winged horse Pegasus to her love, the god Poseidon. Her head, cut off by Perseus, was worn by Athena as her protective aegis. Neopolis, in a horse-breeding area, chose Pegasus’ mother for their coin.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Gorgon Medusa

Origin

Neapolis

Date

411 BC–356 BC

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Reverse: Ν Ε Ο Π "Neop[oliton]"

Dimensions

Diam. 1.5 cm; 3.71 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4922

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