Unique Gorgoneion Coin of Abydos, Troas, c. 410 BC

The only known gold coin from this period in Abydos.

Obverse: ABYΔ / HNON (the lower part of the legend retrograde) with and eagle standing left. Reverse: a gorgoneion within an incuse square.

Abydos (map) was a colony of Miletos, situated on the Hellespont, and was perhaps an early location of the minting of electrum staters in the sixth century BC. The city had been part of the Athenian empire during the fifth century until it revolted in 411 BC, becoming a Spartan ally. This incredible gold stater, the only known example, is of the highest numismatic importance.

Unique Masterpiece Greek Gold Artemis Stater from Abydos, Troas, c. 330 BC

This coin, struck two years before Alexander the Great arrived in Abydos on his conquest of Persia, is a unique and very fine representation of Artemis, maybe the finest known.

Abydos was founded by the Milesians circa 670 BC but Thracians may have lived there long before that. Whatever the case, the country was settled ages ago and derived its importance from its strategic position at the crossover between Europe and Asia.

There was an important cult center of Artemis at Abydos and the model for this coin may have been a local statue of the goddess. The die cutter responsible for this piece was a master of his craft.

Obverse: Head of Artemis wearing ornate stephanos decorated with acanthus leaves, triple pendant earrings, and necklace. Reverse: Eagle standing left, grapevine with two clusters of grapes in field to left

Map of Abydos…

I feel like the people who cast aside the Doctor’s Pandorica speech in tPO as being ultimately pointless and not what wins the day in the same way that his speech at the end of tRoA was are ignoring what the purpose of that speech was.

Cause it wasn’t a big set piece. It wasn’t a big game move. It wasn’t the big plan to stop everyone up there. It was just the Doctor using his reputation to scare all the species above into not wanting to be the first ones to face him so he could buy enough time to figure out what was going on and form a real plan until one of them inevitably did. And there was that foresight there. “That’ll keep them squabbling for half an hour.”

And him not knowing this whole thing was a trap for him isn’t a failure on his part. He didn’t know about the Alliance. He can’t be blamed for that one thing not working out for him because he had nothing to work with but assumption and hope.