Ugly, Ugly, Ugly
Medusa Coins

Ancient Greek Neapolis classical hemidrachm c. 411-348 BC

 

 

Medusa, the Gorgon of ancient Greek mythology who was killed by Perseus, is not only the ugliest female visage ever to appear on the face of a coin, she's also, arguably, the ugliest female visage imaginable on a circulating coin.

Squirmy snakes rise out of her head and sometimes surround her face. She sticks her tongue out rudely. She bares her boar-like teeth in malevolence, ridicule, or schizoid hysteria. Her steely eyes glower or laugh at you. Sometimes -- and interestingly -- Medusa can actually be beautiful. This dual nature, and her interpretability, are what make Medusa most intruiging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The material on Medusa coins presented in these pages is an elaboration of an article of mine that appeared in the June 2004 issue of The Celator magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medusa Coins

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Medusa Coin Catalog

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Alexander the Great Coins

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Thracian Tetradrachms

House of Constantine

Draped Bust Coins

Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles

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