Coin with head of Medusa
Late Classical – Hellenistic Periods
Ca. 400 B.C. – 241 B.C.
Mint: Troas, Assos
Diameter: 21.5 mm. weight: 8.9 gm. die axis: 11
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Obverse: Head of Medusa, three-quarter face towards left, with waving hair and two serpents tied under chin.
Countermark: owl to left within circular incuse.
Reverse: Griffin standing to left, right foreleg raised.
Inscription in Greek above.
Acquired in the division of coins following the excavations at Assos. Some coins in the group were said to have been "purchased from natives of the surrounding district." No specific findspot is known for this coin. 1884: gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to the Museum of Fine Arts
Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America