Archaic Scary Gorgoneion. Mysia Parium drachm. Very rare Ancient Greek coin.

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Seller: Top-Rated Plus Seller (2,128) 100%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 303036038377 AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEE FOR ETERNITY 30 DAYS RETURNS Mysia. Parium. c. 550-520 BC. Drachm, 13mm 3.40g. Obv: Archaic Gorgoneion facing, with open mouth, tongue protruding. Rx: Incuse square with irregular lines. RARE archaic type. This coin has been attributed to a number of different cities, but none of the identifications are particularly convincing. The two other examples of this coin known, both from the Egyptian Demanhur Hoard of 1900 (IGCH 1637), were found with a considerable number of coins from northern Greek mints, as well as a significant group from Lycia and southern Asia Minor. The unusual reverse incuse design has no northern Greek parallels, but it is vaguely similar to coins from Caria, Lycia and Pisidia, and its origin must surely lie in Asia Minor. Regling himself proposed Lycia but the weight, probably Attic, makes that questionable for a coin struck as early as this seems to have been. Parion in Mysia, the mint suggested in Leu 7, seems precluded by the style of the Gorgon , both of which are unlike any other coins known to have been minted there . Please note: Pictures are taken with an amateur camera and are much more beautiful in person.Additionally, colors on the coin may appear stronger in pictures from use of flash.------------------------------------------- If you want a COA for your coins, you can order them after the auction. We give COA, only for coins sold in our store.Our Elaborate COA comes with 24 karat Gold seal on top.It has detailed Description/ Provenance and history of the coin. ------------------------------------------- Do not spend a lot of money in big auction houses where you have to pay outrageous buyer's fees, reserve prices and shill bidding. Founded in 709 B.C., the ancient city of Parion is located in the village of Kemer in the township of Biga in Çanakkale province of Turkey, currently. A major coastal city with two harbors in the Roman period, Parion had intensive relations with Thrace and Anatolia throughout history. This was the main customs station through which all Istanbul-bound goods from Greece and the Aegean had to pass. On the history: Located near Lampsacus, it was a colony probably founded by Eretria and Paros. It belonged to the Delian League. In the Hellenistic period it came under the domain of Lysimachus, and subsequently the Attalid dynasty. In Roman times, it was a colonia, within the province of Asia; after that province was divided in the 4th century, it was in the province of Hellespontus. The ancient coinage of Parium is quite abundant, attesting to its great output and advanced mint (in Hellenistic times, the city's badge shown on coins was the Gorgoneion) In Ancient Greece, the Gorgoneion (Greek: Γοργόνειον) was a special apotropaic amulet showing the Gorgon head, used most famously by the Olympian deities Athena and Zeus: both are said to have worn the gorgoneion as a protective pendant. It was assumed, among other godlike attributes, as a royal aegis to imply divine birth or protection, by rulers of the Hellenistic age, as shown, for instance, on the Alexander Mosaic and the Gonzaga Cameo. Gorgoneia appear frequently in Greek art at the turn of the eighth century BC. One of the earliest representations is on an electrum stater discovered during excavations at Parium. Other early eighth-century examples were found at Tiryns. Going further back into history, there is a similar image from the Knossos palace, datable to the fifteenth century BC. Marija Gimbutas even argues that "the Gorgon extends back to at least 6000 BC, as a ceramic mask from the Sesklo culture illustrates", and in her book, Language of the Goddess, she also identifies the prototype of the Gorgoneion in Neolithic art motifs, especially in anthropomorphic vases and terracotta masks inlaid with gold. In the sixth century, gorgoneia of a canonical "lion mask type" were ubiquitous on Greek temples, especially in and around Corinth. Pedimental gorgoneia were common in Sicily; probably the earliest occurrence being in the Temple of Apollo in Syracuse. Around 500 BC, they ceased to be used for the decoration of monumental buildings, but were still shown on antefixes of smaller structures throughout the next century. Apart from temples, the Gorgon imagery is present on dress, dishes, weapons, and coins found across the Mediterranean region from Etruria to the Black Sea coast. The Gorgon coins were struck in 37 cities, making her image on coins second in numismatic ubiquity only to several principal Olympian gods. On mosaic floors, the gorgoneion usually was depicted next to the threshold, as if guarding it from hostile intruders. On Attic kilns, the gorgoneion over the kiln door protected from mishaps. The Gorgon imagery remained popular even in Christian times, especially in the Byzantine Empire, including Kievan Rus, and was revived in the West by the Italian Renaissance artists. More recently, the gorgoneion was adopted by Gianni Versace as a logo for his fashion company. Visit Our Store: Terms of Use I. GENERAL TERMS 2. You are responsible for reading the full item listing before making a bid or commitment to buy. 3. All information which you supply to us is enclosed.We respect your privacy and promise to safeguard the confidentiality of your information. 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