This transition is supported by the discovery of contemporary coin hoards, and more particularly of a coin hoard found on the Acropolis in 1886. The inscription “ΑΘΕ” is an abbreviation of ΑΘΗΝΑΙΩΝ, which may be translated as “of the Athenians”. [4] The Athenian tetradrachm was stamped with the head of Athena on the obverse, and on the reverse the image of the owl of Athena, the iconographic symbol of the Athenian polis, with a sprig of olive and a crescent for the moon. Free shipping. The tetradrachm (Greek: τετράδραχμον, romanized: tetrádrachmon) was an Ancient Greek silver coin equivalent to four drachmae. $1,592.52. Obverse and reverse designs of the 39 mm diameter coin are encircled by a textured rim for easy stacking. Alexander the Great III AR Tetradrachm … Because of such association, the bird — often referred to as the “owl of Athena” or the “owl of Minerva” — has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity, and erudition throughout the Western world. C $869.88. Design of the Athenian Owl Tetradrachm. $1,145.00. [3], The transition from didrachms to tetradrachms occurred during c. 525–510 BC; the abandonment of the "heraldic"-type didrachms and the Archaic tetradrachms (early "owls") of the polis of Athens apparently took place shortly after the Battle of Salamis, 480 BC. Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Coin (148 BC, New Style) - NGC Choice Fine. ATHENS Attica Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Ancient Silver Greek Coin NGC i59981. TENSOR LIGHT - used by many numismatists to examine and grade coins. Was: $795.00. Was: $435.00. Ending Nov 22 at 10:00AM PST 1d 12h. Owl of Athena. They're from six different continents -- Europe, North America, South America, Australia, Asia, and Africa -- in gold, silver, bronze, … C $817.69. The tetradrachm's use as a currency was soon adopted by many other city-states of the ancient Greece, Asia Minor, Magna Grecia and other Greek colonial cities throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Ancient Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Coin (454-404 BC) - Nice XF! Search for 'Athens Tetradrachm Owl' in upcoming auctions at . This four-drachma coin (also known as a tetradrachm) features the helmeted head of the Greek goddess Athena on one side and her symbolic bird, the owl, on the other. In any case, the city of Athens seems to have adopted the owl as proof of allegiance to its patron virgin goddess, which according to a popular etiological myth reproduced on the West pediment of the Parthenon, secured the favor of its citizens. $645.00. MI on amphora, AN below. But it was also the … Athenian Owl Tetradrachm NGC MS 9/10. Many ancient greek coins are considered artistic masterpieces for their elegant and detailed designs. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tetradrachm&oldid=995232378, Instances of Lang-el using second unnamed parameter, Articles with unsourced statements from December 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 December 2020, at 22:53. The tetradrachm is an ancient Greek silver coin equivalent to four drachmae. David J. Fant LittD. Helmeted head of Athena right / A-ΘA to left and right of owl standing three quarters right on fallen amphora, ΔYMH monogram to left, YΦN monogram to right, eagle standing right in right field. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 2 bids. Free shipping. Watch. Athens: AR tetradrachm – Athena/Owl – Well-centered on extremely large flan for die. Was: Previous price £7,229.94. The reverse of the coin shows an owl and a sprig of olive, the bird and tree associated with Athena, especially at Athens. This stunning silver bullion coin features a design honoring the Athenian Owl Tetradrachm, a silver coin minted in the ancient Greek world from c. 510 BC until c. 42 BC. $375.00. Attica Athens Stunning OWL Tetradrachm circa 165-42 BC Ancient Greek Silver Coin. Howdy all, I recently acquired these two tetradrachms off eBay. They were not, however, used exclusively by them to represent Athena and were even used for motivation during battles by other Greek cities, such as in the victory of Agathocles of Syracuse over the Carthaginians in 310 BCE–in which owls flying through the ranks were interpreted as Athena’s blessing. It is a high value coin representing, in the mid-fifth century BC, four days pay for a … I know ancients on eBay are always a gamble, but I felt confident on these because of seller returns and PayPal recourse. € 1,485.00. 430 BC F/Very Fine . New Tetradrachm Overview: The new style of Athenian “owl”–so-called due to the iconic image of Athena’s owl on the reverse–originated in a Greece newly conquered by the Romans. Design Replicating the Tetradrachm of … AR Tetradrachm OBV: Helmeted head of Athena right, in crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor & a spiral palmette on the bowl; eye in profile REV: AQE, owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig & crescent behind 350-300 BC 16.9g, 22mm sg2537 2. or Best Offer. ATHENS Greece 455BC Ancient Greek TETRADRACHM Coin Athena Owl Remake St Judes. Ending Jan 2 at 1:46AM PST 3d 8h. KALCHEDON in BITHYNIA Authentic Ancient Silver TETRADRACHM Greek Coin NGC i81815. $599.66. This high-quality pressed replica, made of.999 silver, is from the Czech coin replica maker Antiquanova. Beginning from about 520-510 B.C., Athena and her owl were depicted on Athenian coins because she was the patron goddess of the city. Most well known were the silver mines of Laurium at a close distance from Athens. The bird even became the common obverse of the Athenian tetradrachms after 510 BCE and according to Philochorus, the Athenian tetradrachm was known as glaux (γλαύξ, “little owl”) throughout the ancient world. Anyways, I am fairly confident of the authenticity … _______________________________________________________________________, Classic US Coins – Redesigning Currency with the Flying Eagle Cent, Mexican & Latin American Coins From Lake County Collection in Special Heritage Auction, Heritage Offers Cid-Pulido Collection of Spanish Banknotes in FUN Auction, Classic US Gold Coins: What’s Hot and What’s Not – 2021 Edition, CoinWeek Podcast #146: Harriet Tubman Considered, Perth Mint Offers 2021 Year of the Ox Antiqued 2oz Silver Coin, ANA College Scholarships Available to Young Collectors, Zoom Video Presentation: Travels in Judea and Samaria: Coins & Etc. The world-famous Athens Silver Owl! Your search for 'Athens Tetradrachm Owl' matched 1374 lots from auctions added in the last six months. Free shipping. The 2020 Athenian Owl coin is struck by the New Zealand Mint from 1 Troy oz. This transition is supported by the discovery of contemporary coin hoards, and more particularly of a coin hoard found on the Acropolis in 1886. It was in wide circulation from around 510 to around 38 BC. US$ 4,800.00. Was: $685.00. $747.30. THE OFFICIAL 2021 MEGA RED BOOK DELUXE EDITION, LIGHTHOUSE INTERCEPT SHIELD DOUBLE ROW SLAB BOX, PROFESSIONAL LARGE TABLE TOP SCALE (4000 X .1 G), LIGHTHOUSE HIGH PERFORMANCE DIGITAL MICROSCOPE, BCW TOPLOAD HOLDERS -- LARGE CURRENCY -- PACK OF 25, Collector's Assistant - World , Ancient, US and Paper, HEAVY DUTY DOUBLE ROW SLAB/CROWN BOX (10 INCH), PLEASURE AND PROFIT: 100 LESSONS FOR BUILDING AND SELLING A COLLECTION OF RARE COINS, LIGHTHOUSE COIN CLEANING FLUID FOR ALL COINS. 11 watching. 440-404 BC. All News, Articles, Commentary and Opinions are contributed by the author(s), with or without compensation, who are solely responsible for the content, and do not represent CoinWeek Management. or Best Offer. £8.99. The olive wreath surrounding the owl and the small … $645.00. [7] The design was kept essentially unchanged for over two centuries, by which time it had become stylistically archaic. C $746.07. The archaic owls of Athens: classification and chronology. To differentiate their currency from the rival coinage of Aegina using the Aeginetic stater of about 12.3 grams, Athens minted its tetradrachm based on the "Attic" standard of 4.3 grams per drachma. of .999 fine silver. Greece Athens Ar Tetradrachm ca. According to Philochorus, it was known as glaux (γλαύξ, little owl)[5] throughout the ancient world[6] and "owl" in present-day English language numismatics. 1 bid. or Best Offer. Ancient Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Coin (440-404 BC) - NGC XF (EF) C $817.69. 2020 © DISCLAIMER: All content within CoinWeek.com is presented for informational purposes only, with no guarantee of accuracy. $20.00 shipping. On the right of the owl are the first three letters in Greek of the name of Athena and of Athens: A.The coin is a tetradrachm, meaning that it was worth four drachmas; one drachma, in turn, was worth six obols. £2,891.98. [8], King James Bible; Revised Standard Version. The Athenian tetradrachm was stamped with the head of the goddess Athena on the obverse. or Best Offer. MESEMBRIA THRACE Ancient Silver Greek … Athens Athena Owl Tetradrachm Coin 465-455 BC - NGC AU - Test Cut - Early Issue! These coins funded the building of the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, as well as funding the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC) between Athens and Sparta. US$ 250.00 US$ 197.50. The obverse features Athena, the patron goddess of Athens, and on the reverse, the Athens owl, Athena’s mascot and symbol, also known as the Minerva owl. This Athenian Owl example is graded in Mint State (MS) which suggests it would earn an MS60 grade or higher, while earning a 5/5 … The ancient Athenian Owl tetradrachm underwent several design shifts from inception through the end of its lifespan. Marcantica. As a result, these coins have been nicknamed "owls." Was: $1,696.30. First struck between 454 and 440B.C. While Owl tetradrachms would quickly become the reigning … Ancient Athens Greece Athena Owl … C $869.88. 440-404 BC ATTICA, ATHENS AR TETRADRACHM OWL SILVER COIN NGC GRADED Choice AU! Bidding is available online. Rare and sought after in all grades, this is your chance to secure this famous Ancient Greek coin type in premium grade Extremely Fine & better condition! Ancient Greek Attica, Athens 440 B.C. Some mythographers suggest that she may descend from a Minoan palace goddess associated with birds and some claim to trace Athena’s origins as an Old European bird and snake goddess. Free shipping. [2], The silver tetradrachm is believed to be the coin given to Judas for betraying Jesus. Free … The inscription “ΑΘΕ” is an abbreviation of ΑΘΗΝΑΙΩΝ, which may be translated as “of the Athenians”. Learn how your comment data is processed. It represented about a week’s pay for ancient Greek soldiers. Skip to the beginning of the images gallery . Silver tetradrachm coin depicting the owl of Athena (circa 449–413 BCE). 1957 Edition: 'Musical Instruments and Coins'; facing page 32, of 'Helps to the Understanding of the Bible'; Rev. Athena/Owl Tetradrachm NGC graded Fine. Athena can be associated with wisdom, handcraft and warfare. Attica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. $408.90. Ancient Greece Athens Tetradrachm (Fakes are possible) 393BC to 350BC These ancient coins are amazing. $10.00 shipping. Ancient Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm AR Silver Coin 440-404 BC Ch VF. CoinWeek does not buy or sell coins or numismatic material and No endorsement or affiliation to or from CoinWeek.com is made. 440-404 BC Attica, Athens Athena / Owl Ancient Greek Silver Tetradrachm NGC AU. The vast number of "owls-tetradrachms" available those days mainly from the silver mines of Laurium financed the several achievements of Athens, such as the reconstruction of the Acropolis and building the Parthenon, as well as many wars, including the Peloponnesian War. A tangible piece of Ancient Greek history, the Athens Owl was struck from the precious … The Athena Owl Tetradrachm was one of the first coins to be struck with both an obverse and reverse. The reasons for the association of Athena and the owl are uncertain. All or part of the Owl design has been featured on many interesting pieces over the years, with those below being just a small sampling. In Greek mythology, a little owl (Athene noctua) traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom, or Minerva, her syncretic incarnation in Roman mythology. The minting of ancient greek coins spans the 7th century BC through to early AD. This Athenian Owl Tetradrachm example was struck over 2,400 years ago in Ancient Greece and to this day remains in Mint State condition. Free … [citation needed]. The iconography of both sides of the coin refers to the Greek goddess Athena. AR Tetradrachm OBV: Helmeted head of Athena right To hold something identifiable in your hand from that long ago is really quite astounding. Ancients ATTICA. Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by artemisnumismatics, May 20, 2020. artemisnumismatics New Member. The pictured silver (AR) tetradrachm comes from Athens, Greece and dates around 393 to 350 BC. KINGDOM OF THRACE LYSIMACHUS SILVER TETRADRACHM NGC XF ALEXANDER THE GREAT. The Athenian Owl Silver Tetradrachm is one of the most famous, most sought after Ancient coins. $3.99 shipping. Ancient Athens Greece … Contains 2 oz. Ending Today at 9:00PM PST 14h 55m. The Athenian Owl tetradrachm is arguably the most popular and recognized ancient coin. Athenian Owl Tetradrachm Authenticity. Coin, Attica, Athena, Tetradrachm, 490-407 AV JC, Athens, AU(50-53), Silver … Silver tetradrachm coin depicting the owl of Athena (circa 449–413 BCE). Athens. And on the reverse, you can see the Athenian owl who represents Athena. Antiquanova replica Early Classical Owl tetradrachm (17.2g). Free shipping. The coinage of Ancient Greece is vastly different from one region to the next with seemingly countless varieties. An S countermark, for the engraver Petr Sousek, appears either to the right of the owl's legs, as on this specimen, or under the owl's tail feathers. In Greek mythology, a little owl traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom, or Minerva, her syncretic incarnation in Roman mythology. With the armies of Alexander the Great it spread to other Greek-influenced areas of Asia. It copies one of the first Archaic Owl tetradrachm varieties, dated c. 510-505 BC, from Seltman's Group H. With this variety, unlike most subsequent Archaic, Classical, and Intermediate-Style Owls, the ethnic is at the left of the owl and the olive sprig is at the bottom right. Skip to the end of the images gallery . $1.00. On the other hand, some theorize about the appeal of some characteristics of owls–such as their ability to see in the dark–to be used as symbol of wisdom, while others propose a simple association between founding myths of Athens and the significant number of little owls in the region (a fact noted since antiquity by Aristophanes in The Birds and Lysistrata). Was: $2,500.00. $375.00. 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