Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by zumbly, Mar 21, 2014.
Here is a headless body, formerly thought to be Medusa, but now thought to be Arnold.
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Just maybe I will be stalking one of these
Steve, we had a bright Sunny day a bit cool, we had frost on the pumpkin the last three mornings, more rain on the way. went fishing out West, Forks(home of twilight), the rivers were up, hooked a Springer, a spring King Salmon, we call Jerry for short, the best eating Salmon, but it got away.
1) I really like these coins
2) It's the first one I've come across from the Komana mint, the vast majority being struck at Amisos
3) Usually, all you get is the outline of Medusa's head, on this one you can actually see her face!
4) The price was good after the dealer kindly accepted a lower offer for it
Time of Mithridates VI Eupator
Circa 85 - 65 BC
SNG UK IX: British Museum 1261; Sear Greek 3656
O: Head of Athena in crested helmet ornamented with Pegasos to right.
R: Perseus facing, holding harpa in left, and head of slain Medusa in right hand, her decapitated body below gushing blood, KOMA-NΩN across field, monogram on either side.
I see your bronzes and raise you silver...
.....of Mithridates VI
You absolutely should... it's got mythology, history, and a headless body gushing blood... what more could you want out of a coin?
Nice!! => sweet new Medusa pickup!!
Man, I am jealous of your new coin and also of Doug's sweet coin from Sinope ... sadly, I only have examples from Pontos (*sigh*)
Thanks, Steve, but yours is still the best headless harem on Cointalk .
Herd of cows
Parliament of owls
Harem of coins in the X6 collection
All is right with the world.
Awesome ... welcome aboard, Merlin (I just talked to you in another cool Pontos thread)
=> Pontos rocks!!
His is from Sinope in Paphlagonia. You have one from Sinope too
Ooops, hey you're correct ... thanks, TIF
Pontos, Paphlagonia ... tomato, elk (same thing, eh?)
Woah beautiful coin!
In this case, PERSEUS is HEADLESS!
Pontos Amisos Mithradates VI 109-89 BC AE 28 Athena Perseus Medusa Head Body
Fortunately, my Medusa body seems there, neck looks like it is spurting blood... but it looks like SHE got Perseus' head too.
Just picked up this one, hasn't arrived yet. I probably overpaid considering the bad cleaning job but I just love the design so couldn't help myself.
Hey there, Kaleun! Welcome to CoinTalk. What a great way to de-lurk Your Perseus looks very menacing and Medusa's head has wonderful details!
I have a couple more of these which I've posted over and over, but since only my first one made this old thread... here they are again All three of mine are from Amisos. Next time I should at least aim for a different issuing city
This one came from a jewelry store on St. John in the USVI, of all the odd places. It looked like a trippy black light poster before I cleaned it:
And oops, I had no intention of bidding on the next one but when the next coin hit the virtual block it wasn't getting many bids (I guess because of that big gouge on the obverse . I didn't really intend to win it (oh the little lies we tell ourselves). At least it was inexpensive for the type.
2nd, if there's a club, I want in!
Good news for my chances of qualification is that not only do I have a severed head, my coin has 3!!!
You can see the double strike easily. But if you look closely you can see it was struck 3 times.
(I used the sellers pictures as they are much better than mine)
Pontos. Amisos circa 85-65 BC.
Helmeted head of Athena right, helmet decorated with griffin / AMIΣOY, Perseus standing facing, holding harpa and head of Medusa, at feet, body of Medusa, monograms to both sides.
Stancomb 683-86 (various monograms); SNG BM Black Sea 1166-76 (same).
So whadya say, am I in?
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