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Attica, Athens Silver Tetradrachm (c.440-404 BC) - obv. Athena/rv. Owl NGC MS (Strike: 5/5, Surface: 5/5)

Attica, Athens Silver Tetradrachm (c.440-404 BC) - obv. Athena/rv. Owl NGC MS (Strike: 5/5, Surface: 5/5)
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Why add this Ancient Silver Tetradrachm of Athens to your collection?

The Silver Tetradrachm from ancient Athens is one of the most influential coins in numismatic history. It is the first silver coin to be circulated internationally, as well as one of the first coins to feature detailed obverse and reverse imagery. Nicknamed the "Little Owl," merchants and traders of cities outside of Athens appreciated the Owls for their easy exchangeability, enabling the Athenian Owl Tetradrachm to become the world's first great trade currency.

Classic imagery of the Athenian Silver Tetradrachm

The obverse depicts the helmeted head of the goddess of wisdom, Athena, facing right. A palmette, which is an intricate floral scroll, adorns the helmet, along with three olive leaves.

The Owl of Minerva, Athena's frequent companion, is illustrated on the reverse, standing right, head facing forward, with a tiny crescent moon and an olive spray above its wing. Inscribed "ΑΘΕ," which represents "of the Athenians."

Spectacular Mint State Ancient Coin

This stunning Athenian Silver Tetradrachm featuring Athena and her owl, struck 440-404 B.C., is graded MS, Mint State, with additional grading of 5/5 for both strike quality and surface condition by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) ancient coin grading experts, NGC Ancients. The coin is encapsulated in a NGC protective holder, and will exhibit a superb strike, a few marks or hairlines, with only a trace sign of wear, similar to a coin graded 60-62 on the Sheldon Scale.

This exceptionally graded Athena and Owl Silver Tetradrachm from ancient Athens belongs in your collection today!


Year of Issue:c.440-404 BC
Mint:Athens Mint
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:MS
Finish:Mint State
Composition:Silver