AR 20 Asses Gorgoneion series II: trident with crescent


Issuer Populonia (Etruria)
Ruling authority Anonymous (circa 550-101 BC)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 301 BC - 206 BC
Value 20 Asses (20)
Currency As (circa 475-201 BC)
Composition Silver
Weight 7.64 g
Diameter 23 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 179397
Numista type number (
References Vecchi-II# 20,
Italo Vecchi; 1990. The Coinage of the Rasna / Part II : A Study in Etruscan Numismatics (Band 69). Schweizerische numismatische Rundschau, Switzerland.
HN Italy# 145,
N. Keith Rutter, Andrew Burnett; 2001. Historia numorum : Italy. British Museum Press, London, United Kingdom.
BMC Gr/It# 24,
Reginald Stuart Poole, Barclay Vincent Head, Percy Gardner, Warwick William Wroth, George Francis Hill; 1873. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum / Volume 1. Italy. British Museum, London, United Kingdom.
Hirsch# 13,
Paul Naster; 1959. La collection Lucien de Hirsch : catalogue des monnaies grecques. Cabinet des Médailles de la Bibliothèque Royale Albert Ier, Brussels, Belgium.
SNG ANS 1# 87
Joan E. Fischer; 1969. Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum / Part 1. Etruria-Calabria : The Collection of the American Numismatic Society. American Numismatic Society, New York, United States.


Metus as Gorgoneion facing forward with value below.

Lettering: XX

Translation: 20


Trident and crescent surrounded by legend.

Lettering: PVLPVNA

Translation: Populonia




There has been much controversy on dating Populonian coins, and as such, the date ranges my vary per source.

The second Gorgoneion series was struck using Populonia's fourth silver standard, which is equal to the third silver standard except with the weights of all denomination being halved.

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