PONTOS, AMISOS, bronze minor, 2nd-1st century BC


PONTOS, AMISOS, minor, no date (2nd-1st century BC), Obverse: aegis with Gorgon head, Reverse: Nike advancing R, ΑΜΙΣΟΥ, probably MTE monogram L, Σ-based monogram R, bronze, 21mm, 7.09g, SG3642, crude, VF

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The Aegis was a divine shield carried by either Zeus or Athena, with the head of a Gorgon on it, Look at the face of a Gorgon you turn to stone.

Pontus was the northeastern coast of Anatolia and its hinterland. It was a favorite destination of Greek colonists from archaic times.