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14 Karat Gold and Sterling Silver Pendant Featuring Superb High Quality Genuine Ancient Greek Medusa Head Silver Drachm Coin from the City of Apollo circa 450-350 BCE
Ancient Greek Silver Medusa Head Pendant
 
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This Numari branded 14 karat gold and sterling silver pendant features a superb high quality example of one of the most interesting classic coins of Ancient Greece. It is a genuine silver drachm of Apollonia Pontika, or the “City of Apollo”, dating from about 450 to 350 BCE. The obverse of this coin features an image of the mythological Medusa, who could turn a person into stone by looking at them. Several different images of Medusa have been used on this type of coin, sometimes with clear snakes in Medusa’s hair, but more often with stylized snakes or ringlets. The obverse features an anchor, a crayfish, and usually the letter “A” for Apollonia on the Black Sea where the coin was minted.

While there are many facets to the story of Medusa, her image has been considered a symbol of luck and protection since ancient times, and would have been perceived this way by those who used this as money more than 2,300 years ago. A perfectly themed 18 inch 5 gram sterling silver “snake chain” is also included.


Medusa in Mythology and Culture
The story of Medusa changed and evolved over time. The earliest stories describe a beautiful young woman whose crowning glory was her magnificent long hair. Medusa was desired and courted by many suitors, but before she could be betrothed to a husband, Poseidon found her worshipping in the temple of Athena and ravished her. Athena was outraged at her sacred temple being violated, and turned her anger upon Medusa by turning her beautiful tresses into snakes and giving her the destructive power to turn anyone who looked directly at her into stone. Medusa was later beheaded by the hero Perseus, who used her head as a weapon to
turn his enemies to stone. The head was finally given to the goddess Athena to place on her shield.

Medusa is also described as one of three gorgon sisters, all of whom had a hideous appearance. While few would regard Medusa herself as lucky, the gorgon styled image of Medusa has been considered a symbol of luck and protection since the earliest times of ancient Greece. Medusa had the power to protect against enemies and to warding off evil spirits. Right up to modern times, images of gorgons appear in architecture to protect buildings and those within it. In the same way, Medusa may protect and bring luck to the one who wears her image in this pendant.


The coins found in all Numari jewellery are guaranteed genuine and come with a certificate of authenticity and information about the coin.

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