Why purchase this Choice Very Fine Greek City-State of Athens Silver Tetradrachm of the Athena Collection?
The Athenian Owl Tetradrachm from Athens is one of the earliest coins to be minted with an obverse and reverse design and the first coin to be heavily circulated internationally. The basic design of the Athenian Owl remained unchanged for nearly half a millennium, though Athens itself suffered a major defeat and occupation by the Spartans. This specimen was struck during a time of rebuilding and recovery, when victories of the Corinthian War allowed Athens to regain much of its former regions. These examples date from that historically crucial era in Athenian history.
What is the design of the Athenian Owl?
Struck by hand with hand carved dies, each Athenian Owl Tetradrachm is unique. The reverse depicts a beautifully detailed owl standing right, head facing forward, with the crescent moon and an olive branch over its shoulder. It is inscribed with "of the Athenians." The obverse features the profile of Athena right facing; helmet decorated with intricate floral scrollwork. Athena and owls are symbolic of knowledge, wisdom, and perceptiveness.
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These Tetradrachm, struck circa 393-294 BC, were graded Choice Very Fine by the Ancients coin division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). These specimens will exhibit good strike showing complete details, with high points worn flat. The coin is protected in an NGC holder, and includes the exclusive MCM Athena Collection Label.
The example we show here is representational of the full range of coins you may receive. Purchase this beautiful example of Ancient Greek art from the Athena Collection from MCM today!
|Year of Issue:||393-294 BC|
Ask any group of coin enthusiasts what their favorite ancient coin to collect is, most will eagerly tell you that it is the Silver Owl Tetradrachm of Athens. This coin was well-known during Ancient times and still stands as a relic of Ancient Greece. For the collector who would like to add one to their own collection, ModernCoinMart offers many fine examples just for you!