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.
- Ancient Greek
- Drachm (Coin) Depicting the Gorgon Medusa
- Struck 411 BC–356 BC
- Reverse: Ν Ε Ο Π "Neop[oliton]"
- Diam. 1.5 cm; 3.71 g
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson