Apollonia Pontica - A settlement in Thrace
Apollonia Pontica was founded in the 7th century BC by Greek colonists from Miletus. The town established itself as a trade and naval centre, and it kept strong political and trade relations with the cities of Ancient Greece.

Its trade influence in the Thracian territories was based on a treaty with the rulers of the Odrysian kingdom dating from the fifth century BC.

The symbol of the town – the anchor, present on all coins minted by Apollonia since the sixth century BC, is proof of the importance of its maritime trade.

Modern location: Sozopol, Bulgaria

(1) Apollonia Pontica c. 350-300 BC
Obverse: facing head of Medusa
Reverse: anchor flukes up; A / crayfish
Ref: Apollonia p. 347, 1; SNG BM Black S...
(2) Apollonia Pontica 400-300 BC
Obverse: laureate head of Apollo facing
Reverse: anchor upside down; crayfish right; A
Ref: Topalov Apollonia p. 386, 4; SNG BM...
(3) Apollonia Pontica c. 450-404 BC
Obverse: facing head of Medusa
Reverse: anchor flukes up; A / crayfish
Ref: SNG Cop 456; SNG BM 160, SNG Stanco...