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Bull Standing obverse
Gorgoneion on the reverse
Silver Coin set in 14K Gold
Included is a certificate of authenticity.
Parion was a city of Mysia, located along the coast of Hellespont, near the entrance to the Propontis. The city began striking coinage in the late 6th century, consisting mainly of silver drachms with a gorgeion on the obverse; this gorgeion remained a significant type on its civic coinage well into the Roman imperial period. Parion’s location relative to the Hellespont not only made it an important commercial center due to its prolific civil coinage, as well as, being a strategically important city for the competing Hellenistic monarchies. Initially seized by the Macedonians under Alexander the Great, the city later switched hands between numerous kingdoms before being annexed by Rome, Circa 133 BC. Coinage was issued during all of these periods, though most were issues of the various kingdoms.