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Attica, Athens Silver Tetradrachm (c.393-294 BC) - obv. Athena/rv. Owl NGC F (Athena Collection)

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Attica, Athens Silver Tetradrachm (c.393-294 BC) - obv. Athena/rv. Owl NGC F (Athena Collection)
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This NGC Fine Greek City-State of Athens Silver Tetradrachm is part of the Athena Collection

Greek coinage and specifically the Silver Owl Tetradrachm have inspired coin designs for over 2,500 years. Referred to as the "Little Owl" by the ancient Greek Historian Philochorus, this widely circulated coin was one of the first to have imagery struck on both sides. These examples all date from circa 393-294 BC, and were widely circulated during the process of rebuilding Athens after their defeat in the Peloponnesian War with Sparta. These coins lean toward the Hellenistic style of Greek art.

Designs of Athena and the Owl

Each hand-struck Athenian Owl is uniquely beautiful. Hand engraved dies were used to manually strike each Tetradrachm. This minting technique produced unique surface and strike characteristics on each coin. Athena, the patroness of Athens adorns the obverse. The reverse includes inscription "AOE" meaning "of the Athenians" and front facing Little Owl.

NGC graded with Athena label

ModernCoinMart (MCM) has multiple Owl coins available for purchase graded Fine by the Ancient Coin division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). These coin are all part of a very special Athena Collection - a collection of over 100 Athenian Owls graded by NGC. Specimens will exhibit detail in some of the deeply recessed areas of the coin. Lettering is still fairly sharp and almost complete, but may be weak. Considerable but even wear is exhibited.

The example we show here is representational of the full range of coins you may receive. Don't wait, make this special Athena Collection Tetradrachm the next addition to your ancient coin collection. Order from MCM.

Year of Issue:393-294 BC
Mint:Athens Mint
Grading Service:NGC
Variety:Athena Collection
Finish:Mint State
Country:Greek City-State of Athens
Legal Tender:Greek City-State of Athens
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