Ancient Greek Silver Owl Tetradrachm Coin from Athens - 454 BC. A deeply toned fine style example of one of the most iconic and important coin types from the ancient world. A solid silver ancient Greek tetradrachm from Athens, struck circa 454 - 404 BC. The obverse depicts Athena, patron to Athens city state. She wears a helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and a floral scroll. Her hair is drawn across the forehead in parallel curves and she stares out at the viewer through a large, almond shaped frontal eye. The reverse depicts the emblem of Athens, the little owl. The charming creature stares at the viewer through large round eyes, an olive sprig and crescent in left field. The legend reading: AQE - Abbreviated Greek for "Athens". The Athenian “owl” silver tetradrachm is unquestionably one of the most influential coins of all time. During the fifth century BC, when Athens emerged as the greatest of all Greek cities, owls were the most widely used international coin and helped to spread Greek culture throughout the Mediterranean world. Despite its off centre obverse strike, this is an extremely pleasing coin, deeply toned and of very fine style. A tactile and appealing piece.
- Price: $2,500.00 - Out of stock