Why add this Athenian Silver Owl Tetradrachm to your collection?
The Athena/Owl Tetradrachm from Athens, also referred to as Athenian Owls, are heavy, thick, high relief silver coins minted more than two thousand years ago. As the first coins to be circulated internationally, they are also known to be one of the earliest coins to have a two-sided design. Both obverse and reverse depict the olive in some manner, symbolizing Athena’s mythical gift of an olive tree to the city. The feature also pays homage to Athens’ massive olive oil export industry, which along with military success and exports of pottery and silver, was the main reason for the city’s affluence. The Ancient Greek Tetradrachm was typically used as payment to soldiers, in international trade, and for accumulation of wealth.
This Tetradrachm obverse features Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and patron deity of the city of Athens. She wears a helmet exquisitely decorated with floral scroll and three olive leaves. The reverse depicts an owl, standing right, head facing forward, a crescent moon and olive branch over its shoulder, with the inscription “ΑΘΕ”, meaning “of the Athenians”.
This stunning ancient silver Greek Tetradrachm from 440-404 BC is in remarkable condition for an ancient coin, showing only minor indications of circulation such as marks or abrasions. The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) graded this coin Mint State, with a grading of 5/5 for strike, and 4/5 for surface characteristics. Add this beautiful Ancient Greek Athenian Owl to your collection today!
|Year of Issue:||440-404 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!