With the season of the witch upon us I thought I'd kick things off with a spook-coin-tacular post of scary, macabre and just plain gory imagery on ancient coins. We can thank the Celts for Samhain and a bunch of awesome near abstract stylized knock offs of our favorite ancients (Gods bless those pagans). Over 2,000 years ago the Celts would have celebrated their new years bash and harvest festival on the 31st of October (November 1st was new years day for them). And these parties were epic! The greater the previous years sacrifice the more abundant this years harvest. Keeping in mind that the history on them is written by those who would want them remembered as a bunch of debauched, lustful, psychos We are told that they felt that it was a liminal time. Due to the changes going on with the world the boundaries between our world and others was thinned and we would be more able to communicate with the spirits and fairies. Though, we can thank the Christians for ripping off another holiday and making it about death By ganking the holiday and "dead"icating it to celebrating the saints (hallows), hence all Hallows eve, or...Halloween! My first sacrificial offering is my most recent acquisition and that of a truly accomplished fellow: Mircea the Elder ruled his realm of Wallachia from 1386-1418 CE and was a Christian closely allied with the last rulers of the Second Bulgarian Empire in their efforts to repulse the invading Ottoman Turks at the end of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th century. The role of Voivode Mircea in Bulgarian, Romanian, and Balkan history is especially epic because he was a key figure in what is considered the last crusade against the invading white walkers...I mean Ottoman Turks. Oh, and his grandson was Vlad " The Impaler" (earning this nickname for his love of lining impaled enemy heads along the road to his castle) Tepes. Better known as Dracula There may or may not be 2 coins of Dracula. And just a handful of his dad, Vlad Dracul (Dracul meaning Dragon. Dracula just meaning son of the Dragon). And those going for thousands! (Bran castle, better known as castle Dracula in Transylvania Romania) These coins being what Dracula would have been using during his life of death. Wallachia. King Mircea cel Batran, AD 1386 to 1416. Silver Ducat. Obverse: Eagle on a helmet set on a shield with Slavic inscriptions around. Reverse: Family crest Too new for some of you? Then let's go back to one of the earliest monsters on coins. You all probably know what I'm about to post. The Gorgons. Specifically, Medusa. Leave it to the misogynistic morbidity of the Greeks to take a poor beautiful virtuous woman who's been taken advantage of by a God and turn her into a snake haired monster that turns men to stone with her mere gaze! Turned into this monster, her and her 2 sisters would roam the world looking for men to get revenge on. (3 freaky babes looking to get young men stoned. The Greeks DID know how to dream). Spoiler alert: (Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini) They send a young hero to dispatch of her...well they sent many. With, shall we say "rocky" results. But Perseus, using the reflection from his shield (given to him by none other than Athena herself) to see her, was able to behead the wo-monster. Here are a couple representations of this pitiable python headed perp: PONTOS, Amisos. Circa 85-65 BC. Æ (28mm, 19.42 g, 12h). Struck under Mithradates VI. Helmeted head of Athena right / Perseus standing facing, holding [harpa] and head of Medusa; body of Medusa at feet, monograms to left and right. Near VF. This coin depicts two figures from the legend of Medusa, who was once a beautiful young maiden. Medusa’s hair was turned into hissing serpents and condemned to turn every living thing which gazed upon her to turn to stone. Perseus, son of Zeus and the mortal Danae, was given the task of slaying this monster. He was aided, in part, by Athena who gave her shield to him for the task. In the context of the period which this coin is from, Perseus and Medusa could be representations of Mithradates VI and Rome, respectively. Macedon, Neapolis AR Obol. Circa 500-480 BC. Gorgoneion with protruding tongue / Quadripartite incuse square. Traite II 1, 1742, pl. 55, 17. BMC p. 84, 13; SNG ANS 423. 0.65g, 8mm. Extremely Fine. Fine late archaic style. Fathers lock up your daughters, husbands hide your wives from this next creeper. The Satyr is known to be a lustful drunkard who cares not whether she cares. The Greeks portray the Satyr as part man part horse. The Romans as part man part goat. Either way, if you were an ancient girl debating sneaking out at night you'd think better of it thanks to the stories of this predatory bogeyman that your patents were sure to have warned you about. Thracian Islands, Thasos (c.500-480 B.C.E.), Silver Drachm, 3.4g 16 MM. Naked ithyphallic satyr in a kneeling- running position right, carrying off in his arms a nymph, who wears robes and raises her right hand in protest. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square (BMC 12; SNG Copenhagen 1016).Broad flan And, as imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I'll take a page out of one of my favorite threads, that, by @TIF being: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/just-for-fun-totally-looks-like-thread.238718/ A few spooky totally looks likes. No, that's not Icabod Crane with a headless horseman reverse. One can never count the Romans out when it comes to violence. It's... M SERGIUS SILUS AR-Denarius, 3,90 g. Rome. c. 116-115. Obv.: ROMA / EX SC Helmeted head of Roma r. Rev.: M SERGI SILUS / Q Horseman l., holding sword and severed head of barbarian. Is that a voodoo priest??? Naw. It's a good ol Jaga Deva (1199-1213 CE) Vuppadeva dynasty Kashmir Obverse: Lakshmi seated facing Reverse: king standing sacrificing at altar I know there are tons more spooky coins out there. Please post all your scary, wicked, gory and whatever else floats your boat ancients!