[ancients] The Headless Medusa Club

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by zumbly, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Here is a headless body, formerly thought to be Medusa, but now thought to be Arnold. :)
  2. Avatar

    Guest User Guest

    to hide this ad.
  3. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    Great coins and type!!!
    Just maybe I will be stalking one of these;)
    zumbly likes this.
  4. Eng

    Eng Senior Eng

    Zumbly, The Gorgon, Nike coins are much more reasonable, than the headless ones, i think i paid $17 for that one..

    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.:(
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2014
    stevex6 and zumbly like this.
  5. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    A new pickup, my second headless Medusa coin. Though it's worse than my existing one - the obverse is in pretty rough shape and the harpa and the body of Medusa are largely off the flan - it was a buy for me for a few reasons:

    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


    PONTOS, Komana

    Time of Mithridates VI Eupator
    Circa 85 - 65 BC
    17.47g, 27.9mm
    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.
  6. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    That is the best Medusa face I recall seeing and a rare mint to boot. Great!
    stevex6 and zumbly like this.
  7. Ancientnoob

    Ancientnoob Money Changer

    Jeeze, everyone has a headless Medusa. Now I must get one of these.

    I see your bronzes and raise you silver...

    .....of Mithridates VI
    Curtisimo, Ryro, TIF and 6 others like this.
  8. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    You absolutely should... it's got mythology, history, and a headless body gushing blood... what more could you want out of a coin?
    Ancientnoob and TIF like this.
  9. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    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*)
    zumbly likes this.
  10. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Thanks, Steve, but yours is still the best headless harem on Cointalk :D.
    TIF and stevex6 like this.
  11. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Flock of sheep
    Herd of cows
    Parliament of owls
    Harem of coins in the X6 collection

    All is right with the world.
    TIF, stevex6, Bing and 1 other person like this.
  12. Aidan_()

    Aidan_() Numismatic Contributor

    Nice headless Medusa coins all, though after reading the thread... has anyone tried stalking Doug? :D
    stevex6 likes this.
  13. MerlinAurelius

    MerlinAurelius Well-Known Member

    Glad to join you all in this. Sorry my coin has such a poor reverse compared to all of yours~
    20170317_230811.jpg 20170317_230813.jpg 20170317_230842.jpg 20170317_230901.jpg 20170317_230903.jpg
    Valentinian, Ryro, Mikey Zee and 7 others like this.
  14. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem


    Awesome ... welcome aboard, Merlin (I just talked to you in another cool Pontos thread)

    => Pontos rocks!!

    emoticon cheers too.gif
    Ryro and Alegandron like this.
  15. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    His is from Sinope in Paphlagonia. You have one from Sinope too ;) :D
    MerlinAurelius and stevex6 like this.
  16. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    hermione six.gif

    Ooops, hey you're correct ... thanks, TIF

    Sinope Medusa.jpg

    Pontos, Paphlagonia ... tomato, elk (same thing, eh?)

    Curtisimo, Ryro, icerain and 9 others like this.
  17. MerlinAurelius

    MerlinAurelius Well-Known Member

    Ryro and stevex6 like this.
  18. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    I have a HORRID example... but, "you get the picture"...

    In this case, PERSEUS is HEADLESS!

    Pontos Amisos Mithradates VI 109-89 BC AE 28 Athena Perseus Medusa Head Body.jpg
    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. :)
    Curtisimo, Ryro, Ajax and 6 others like this.
  19. Kaleun96

    Kaleun96 Active Member

    Hello everyone, new here but thought I'd advertise my availability for the headless Medusa club!

    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. iZW7LC5dH3pRJo8rnjP9TT2zwQy6sy.jpg
  20. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    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 :D All three of mine are from Amisos. Next time I should at least aim for a different issuing city :oops:

    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 :oops:. I didn't really intend to win it (oh the little lies we tell ourselves). At least it was inexpensive for the type.

    Last edited: Jan 20, 2018
  21. Ryro

    Ryro They call me the 13th Caesar Supporter

    1st things 1st, what the heck is "coin stalking"??? (You guys we're joking about it back in 2014 at the top of the thread)
    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.
    Bronze Æ

    30mm., 18,18g.

    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.

    very fine

    Stancomb 683-86 (various monograms); SNG BM Black Sea 1166-76 (same).

    So whadya say, am I in?
    hobart, Curtisimo, Andres2 and 7 others like this.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page