This Very Fine Greek City-State of Athens Silver Owl Tetradrachm was graded by NGC as part of the Athena Collection
This ancient Greek Tetradrachm from Athens is one of the most widely circulated coins of the ancient world. The early wealth of ancient Athens came from local silver mines, and this allowed Athens expand both culturally and politically until their defeat by Sparta in the Peloponnesian War. This tetradrachm was struck after the end of the Spartan occupation, and provided the Athenians the resources to re-establish the city state as a major commercial and cultural power. These examples date from that rebirth of Athenian history.
What is the design on the Athenian Owl?
The reverse of this Tetradrachm depicts an owl standing right, with a crescent moon and olive branch over its shoulder. The inscription "of the Athenians" appears nearby. A depiction of Athena graces the obverse. These images of Athena and owls are symbolic of knowledge and wisdom. Each Athenian Owl Tetradrachm was hand struck using dies engraved by hand; each coin will possess unique qualities.
Exclusive Athena Label from NGC
The Ancient Coin division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), graded this Athenian Owl Very Fine. This ancient silver coin, struck circa 393-294 BC, includes the exclusive MCM Athena Collection Label on the protective holder. Coins of this grade exhibit full, sharp lettering, with light but even wear on the high points of the coin.
The example we show here is representational of the full range of coins you may receive. This ancient silver coin from the exclusive Athena Collection will make an impressive addition to yours. Order 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!