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Greek City-State of Athens Silver Tetradrachm - Athena and Owl c. 440-404 BC NGC MS (Strike: 4/5 - Surface: 5/5)

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Greek City-State of Athens Silver Tetradrachm - Athena and Owl c. 440-404 BC NGC MS (Strike: 4/5 - Surface: 5/5)

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Why add this Silver Owl Tetradrachm to your collection?

The design of the Athenian Tetradrachm remained thematically unchanged for half a millennium, through great changes in the ancient world. These coins, minted in Athens circa 440-404 BC, were known as "Owls" in ancient times. They are still known by that term today by current collectors, even though owls have been the focal point of other ancient coins. The owl depicted upon the Athenian Tetradrachm is the Athena Noctua, also referred to as the “Owl” or “Minerva Owl”. Standing between six and eight inches tall, they were found throughout the Mediterranean to Scandinavia.

The owl, as a symbol for wisdom, was the mascot of Athena, and frequently accompanies the goddess as this coin demonstrates. According to myth, Athena, goddess of wisdom and the patron goddess of Athens, even had the ability to take the form of an owl. The reverse depicts a standing owl within an incuse square, head facing forward, with a crescent moon and olive spray, and “ΑΘΕ”, (of the Athenians). The goddess is featured on the obverse wearing a helmet with floral scroll and three olive leaves.

This exquisite ancient silver coin is graded MS, Mint State, with additional grading of 4/5 for strike, and 5/5 for surface quality by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). Having a Sheldon Scale equivalent of 60-62, this coin will have a few marks or abrasions, but very little sign of wear overall. Adding this silver Athena Owl to your collection is a wise addition to your collection!


Year of Issue:440-404 BC
Mint:Athens Mint
Branch:Athens
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:MS
Composition:Silver
Purity:Varies
Weight in Grams:17.21 g
Country:Greek City-State of Athens
Legal Tender:Greek City-State of Athens
Currency:Tetradrachm
Denomination:1
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