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Mythical Creatures Collection - The Medusa $10 2oz (50mm) .999 pure silver proof.
The third coin in the Mythical Creatures Collection: the Medusa. Struck from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver in antique finish quality and with patinated marble integrated. The snake inlay is made of marble and is handmade.
Mintage: only 999 pieces worldwide. With illustrated box and Certificate of Authenticity.
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|Face Value :||10 Dollars|
|Metal :||.999 Fine silver|
|Weight :||2 oz|
|Size :||50.00 mm|
|Quality :||Proof antique finish|
|Mintage :||Only 999 pcs. worldwide|
|Series :||Mythical Creatures Collection|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Original ETUI box/case :||Yes|
In Greek mythology, Medusa (Μέδουσα "guardian, protectress") was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as a winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazers upon her face would turn to stone. Most sources describe her as the daughter of Phorcys and Ceto, though the author Hyginus makes her the daughter of Gorgon and Ceto. According to Hesiod and Aeschylus, she lived and died on an island named Sarpedon, somewhere near Cisthene. The 2nd-century BCE novelist Dionysios Skytobrachion puts her somewhere in Libya, where Herodotus had said the Berbers originated her myth, as part of their religion.
Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head, which retained its ability to turn onlookers to stone, as a weapon until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In classical antiquity the image of the head of Medusa appeared in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion.
The three Gorgon sisters—Medusa, Stheno, and Euryale—were all children of the ancient marine deities Phorcys (or "Phorkys") and his sister Ceto (or "Keto"), chthonic monsters from an archaic world. Their genealogy is shared with other sisters, the Graeae, as in Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound, which places both trinities of sisters far off "on Kisthene's dreadful plain".
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