Coin with head of Medusa

Greek
Late Classical – Hellenistic Periods
Ca. 400 B.C. – 241 B.C.


Mint: Troas, Assos

Dimensions

Diameter: 21 mm. weight: 7.35 gm. die axis: 12

Accession Number

84.700

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of Medusa, three-quarter face towards left, with waving hair and two serpents tied under chin.
Countermark: owl within circular incuse.
Reverse: Griffin standing to left, right foreleg raised.
Inscription in Greek.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America