Show your gorgoneion

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Okidoki, May 26, 2017.

  1. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    This handsome sardonyx cameo from the Cleveland Museum of Art, circa AD 200, depicts Septimius Severus & Julia Domna with a Gorgoneion.

    Cameo Septimius Severus and Julia Domna.jpg
    arizonarobin, Limes, Finn235 and 8 others like this.
  2. Avatar

    Guest User Guest

    to hide this ad.
  3. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Here's a tet from Laodicea ad Mare of Septimius Severus sporting a Gorgoneion on his breastplate, AD 207-208, 14.37 gm, Prieur 1141.

    Prieur 1141 obv..JPG Prieur 1141 rev..JPG
    arizonarobin, Limes, Finn235 and 11 others like this.
  4. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    And here is Domitian doing the same...
    arizonarobin, Limes, Finn235 and 8 others like this.
  5. Alegandron

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


    MAKEDON Philip III Arrhidaios 323-317 BCE Æ 1-2 Unit 17mm 4.2g Miletos mint Makedonwn shield Gorgoneion - Helmet bipennis K Price 2064

    Indo-Greek Baktria Menander I Soter BC 155-130 AR Tet 26mm 9.6g Diad - Athena Alkidemos tbolt Gorgon shield SNG ANS 764-767

    SICILY Kamarina Æ Onkia 13mm 1.5g 420-405 BC-OLDEST Gorgon tongue - KAMA owl r lizard in claw pellet in ex SNG Münch 411
    arizonarobin, Finn235, TIF and 8 others like this.
  6. Pavlos

    Pavlos You pick out the big men. I'll make them brave!

    My only gorgon so far:

    Alexander III the Great Bronze Coin (320 B.C.) two chalkoi (quarter obol).
    Obverse: Macedonian shield, boss decorated with gorgoneion.
    Reverse: Macedonian helmet; B-A to left and right; double axe below left; K monogram below right.
    Mint: Miletus, Ionia. 320 B.C. Reference: Price 2064.
    arizonarobin, Finn235, TIF and 7 others like this.
  7. Jochen1

    Jochen1 Well-Known Member

    Mysia, Parion, 2nd - 1st century BC
    AE 22, 6.21g, 0°
    obv. Head of Gorgo with snakes and wings, facing
    c/m monogram in circular incus
    rev. ΠA - PI - ANΩN
    Eagle with spread wings, stg. r.
    monogram before, all within laurel wreath
    ref. BMC 69; SNG von Aulock 1330; SNG Paris 1404
    rare, about VF/F+

    This coin is alive by the exceptional portait on the obv. Here the transition from the primordial grimacing and abhorrent Gorgo to the melancholic tantalized being of the late Hellenistic times is almost completed.
    TIF, octavius, Alegandron and 7 others like this.
  8. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    I showed this in a previous thread, but nice medusa depiction:
    Gordian III. 238-244 AD. MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum. Æ (27mm, 12.52 gm, 7h). Obv: Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, wearing a sharp depiction of head of medusa and aegis. Rev: Zeus seated left, holding patera and scepter; eagle before. Varbanov 4133. HrHJ (2018) (same dies). GordianIIINicopolisZeus.jpg
    TIF, octavius, Alegandron and 8 others like this.
  9. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Boy-O, I do love all of the butterfaces in this post!
    2AF2A724-8E5D-4313-A363-7306EA0B6733.jpeg 3CDE0176-4E88-4604-9692-8CE8E0263490.jpeg 6EA2AB6A-6E33-43E3-BBC6-29742E626DD5.jpeg 1FC63406-E32E-40D8-AC7E-1794B3A9D300.jpeg BD3A93E5-AECF-4BAE-A7BA-916D6ADFD595.jpeg 9CC9BB51-7C7E-44FA-9989-B2074CC74F75.jpeg 893EB0E0-7809-4D0D-9431-F8981A61BBA7.jpeg 3B612B52-9EE5-48CA-8FF7-DF87FCA49586.jpeg C6EE25ED-2AA0-4546-A4FD-1B433655F4E5.jpeg B3FAAE72-967D-44EE-84E7-AEE0CC9B8976.jpeg
    arizonarobin, TIF, octavius and 5 others like this.
  10. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter


    Sicily, Himera (a city on the middle of the north coast)
    "430-420 BC" (very early for copper).
    21 mm. 12.99 grams. (Remarkably thick at 5 mm)
    Gorgon head facing with tongue stuck out (but, otherwise almost a smile)
    Three dots (for the value)
    Sear Greek 1107. Hoover Sicily 467. Struck "430-420 BC"
    arizonarobin, Finn235, TIF and 6 others like this.
  11. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    L. Plautius Plancus den. ( two heads are better than one) 3eEYF7wS8ZZkJ5qebi4GY6Sm9PnjiP.jpg 9808LG.jpg
    arizonarobin, Finn235, TIF and 8 others like this.
  12. Ed Snible

    Ed Snible Well-Known Member

    @Ryro What is the undertype of the countermark example?
    Ryro likes this.
  13. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    That's the thousand penny question.
    I thought I had a pretty decent ID on the guy a while ago but am trying to track that down...
  14. alde

    alde Always Learning

    That pendant is spectacular.
  15. Ed Snible

    Ed Snible Well-Known Member

    I have recorded gorgoneion countermarks on bronze for Seleukid coins (Seleukos II and Antiochos II), Mithradates the Great's Pontic kingdom, Troas/Illion, Pamphylia/Side, and Cilicia/Rhosus. Wasn't sure if yours was one of those or not.
    Ryro likes this.
  16. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    A good thread to resurrect. Here are a couple of my favourite gorgons:

    Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 7.27.07 PM.jpg

    Unusual to be able to see the face on these:
  17. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Thank you so much for the tip! I will have to cross check acsearch to see if I can figure what I'm seeing.
    I reshot the coin. The obverse certainly appears to be a male facing right. I think the first time I had the reverse upside down. It looks like someone sitting with Greek letters running along the left side.
    1C517526-6F77-4F2F-9C6B-918041A77EB5.jpeg DC966D4A-6F1C-49F0-A2EE-973DA1415A38.jpeg
  18. Volodya

    Volodya Junior Member

    This is one of the few coins I regret not holding onto when I sold my Imperial collection a few years back.

    Phil Davis

  19. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    The archaic and early classical Gorgoneion are some of my favorite design motifs, particularly for the superstitious belief that they would protect the bearer from evil while being carried.

    Thrace, Apollonia AR Drachm c. mid-5th c. BC
    Apollonia drachm gorgon anchor crayfish.jpg

    Another, slightly later
    Apollonia pontika hemidrachm gorgon anchor.jpg

    Mysia, Parion AR Hemidrachm, 4th century BC
    Mysia parion hemidrachm caduceus.jpg
  20. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    Here are some where it is tougher to make out the Gorgon

    A.D. 125- 128
    AR Denarius
    18mm 3.3gm
    HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS; bare head right; slight drapery on left shoulder.
    COS III; Minerva standing l., feet together, holding spear pointed downwards and round shield with gorgon[?].
    RIC II Rome 154


    Marcus Aurelius
    A.D. 171-173
    Ӕ Sestertius
    M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVI; laureate head right.
    IMP VI COS III S-C; Roma seated left, holding Victory and spear, behind her shield with Medusa.
    RIC III Rome 1083

    Marcus Aurelius.jpg

    and on this coin is not clear, but I believe it is a Gorgon on the shield and maybe a thunderbolt on the cuirass

    A.D. 282- 283
    Ӕ Antoninianus
    21x22mm 4.3gm
    VIRTVS CARI AVG; Radiate helmet and cuirassed bust left, spear over right and shield with gorgon (?) on left.
    PAX AVGG; Pax stg. left, holding olive branch and sceptre; B in left field.
    RIC Vii Lugdunum 14

  21. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Finn235, Three great coins :woot:! The 1st one with a crayfish is special, the 2nd one is truly frightening :nailbiting:, & the 3rd one is rather amusing :).
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page