[2] Athens had silver mines in state ownership, which provided the bullion. 1957 Edition: 'Musical Instruments and Coins'; facing page 32, of 'Helps to the Understanding of the Bible'; Rev. Ancients ATTICA. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. $375.00. $645.00. MI on amphora, AN below. With the armies of Alexander the Great it spread to other Greek-influenced areas of Asia. Owls were the first widely used international coin. Ancient Greek Silver Athenian Tetradrachm Coin 450BC. C $746.07. Free shipping . $20.00 shipping. 2nd-1st CENTURIES BC SILVER ATTICA ATHEN TETRADRACHM ATHENA OWL NEW STYLE NGC VF. $375.00. Ca. The inscription “ΑΘΕ” is an abbreviation of ΑΘΗΝΑΙΩΝ, which may be translated as “of the Athenians”. The iconography of both sides of the coin refers to the Greek goddess Athena. Free … It is a high value coin representing, in the mid-fifth century BC, four days pay for a … Rare type and exceptional example of an archaic Athenian tetradrachm, unusually well struck. Contains 2 oz. 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. The ancient Athenial Owl tetradrachm has been honored as well in modern times by makers of exonumia -- medals, tokens, and commemorative coins. [citation needed]. $1,145.00. $1,200.00. [1] In Athens it replaced the earlier "heraldic" type of didrachms and it was in wide circulation from c. 510 to c. 38 BC. 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. Circa 454-404 BC. Bidding is available online. This particular coin is an early “transitional” tetradrachm, part of a group of coins minted from the late 470s through to the early 450s BC, around the same time as the famous Athenian decadrachms. C $793.69. 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. C $817.69. 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. 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. C $869.88. Hold Ancient history in your hands. TENSOR LIGHT - used by many numismatists to examine and grade coins. $599.66. Was: $795.00. Free shipping . [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. 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. Was: $435.00. And on the reverse, you can see the Athenian owl who represents Athena. A tangible piece of Ancient Greek history, the Athens Owl was struck from the precious … Was: $1,696.30. This high-quality pressed replica, made of.999 silver, is from the Czech coin replica maker Antiquanova. Howdy all, I recently acquired these two tetradrachms off eBay. The world-famous Athens Silver Owl! Antiquanova replica Early Classical Owl tetradrachm (17.2g). The minting of ancient greek coins spans the 7th century BC through to early AD. The olive wreath surrounding the owl and the small … Kraay, C.M. 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. $20.00 shipping. [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. David J. Fant LittD. It was in wide circulation from around 510 to around 38 BC. Ancient Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Coin (440-404 BC) - NGC XF (EF) C $817.69. AR … Ending Today at 9:00PM PST 14h 55m. Skip to the beginning of the images gallery . Athena can be associated with wisdom, handcraft and warfare. Description. $1.00. Anyways, I am fairly confident of the authenticity … 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. The reverse of the coin shows an owl and a sprig of olive, the bird and tree associated with Athena, especially at Athens. Ancient Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Silver Coin (440-404 BC) - NGC VF. First struck between 454 and 440B.C. or Best Offer. $70.00. Owl of Athena. Obverse and reverse designs of the 39 mm diameter coin are encircled by a textured rim for easy stacking. The 2020 Athenian Owl coin is struck by the New Zealand Mint from 1 Troy oz. Silver tetradrachm coin depicting the owl of Athena (circa 449–413 BCE). The Athenian Owl Silver Tetradrachm is one of the most famous, most sought after Ancient coins. The reasons for the association of Athena and the owl are uncertain. KALCHEDON in BITHYNIA Authentic Ancient Silver TETRADRACHM Greek Coin NGC i81815. 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. On the obverse you can see the helmeted head of Athena. 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. Attica, Athens AE12 "Athena & Double Bodied Owl, Two Olive Sprigs" Rare VF. or Best Offer. $645.00. The reverse was stamped with the image of the owl of Athena, the symbol of the Athenian polis, with a sprig of olive and a crescent for the moon. 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. … € 1,485.00. Ending Nov 22 at 10:00AM PST 1d 12h. Skip to the end of the images gallery . Athenian Owls, thick, heavy, high-relief silver coins minted more than 2,000 years ago, were arguably the most influential of all coins, and the Classical Owl tetradrachm, pictured above, is the most widely recognized ancient coin among the general public today. Ancient Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Coin (454-404 BC) - Nice XF! 11 watching. The Athenian Owl tetradrachm is arguably the most popular and recognized ancient coin. 440-404 BC ATTICA, ATHENS AR TETRADRACHM OWL SILVER COIN NGC GRADED Choice AU! They're from six different continents -- Europe, North America, South America, Australia, Asia, and Africa -- in gold, silver, bronze, … Benefits charity. $330.00. 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. Iconography The iconography of both sides of the coin refers to the Greek god Athena. $408.90. 1 bid. 28mm 11g. 440-404 BC Attica, Athens Athena / Owl Ancient Greek Silver Tetradrachm NGC AU. This transition is supported by the discovery of contemporary coin hoards, and more particularly of a coin hoard found on the Acropolis in 1886. It represented about a week’s pay for ancient Greek soldiers. Athens: AR tetradrachm – Athena/Owl – Well-centered on extremely large flan for die. Auction Date: Price Realized: Heritage World Coin Auctions - January Signature Sale 3089, Lot 30002. 430 BC F/Very Fine . (1967-1990). The Athenian tetradrachm was stamped with the head of the goddess Athena on the obverse. To differentiate their currency from the rival coinage of Aegina using the Aeginetic stater of about 12.3 grams, Athens minted its tetradrachm based on the "Attic" standard of 4.3 grams per drachma. Watch. Marcantica. As a result, these coins have been nicknamed "owls." To hold something identifiable in your hand from that long ago is really quite astounding. On the right of the owl are the first three letters in Greek of the name of Athena and of Athens: A.The coin is a tetradrachm, meaning that it was worth four drachmas; one drachma, in turn, was worth six obols. Free shipping. 2 bids. Free shipping. The Athenian tetradrachm was widely used in transactions throughout the ancient Greek world, including in cities politically unfriendly to Athens. US$ 4,800.00. 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. Ancient Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Coin (440-404 BC) - NGC Choice AU! Attica Athens Stunning OWL Tetradrachm circa 165-42 BC Ancient Greek Silver Coin. $3.99 shipping. Athenian Owl Tetradrachm NGC MS 9/10. The Athenian Owl tetradrachm would remain the dominant currency force in the region and many Greek-influenced Asian areas until Roman coinage replaced it in the 1 st century B.C. US$ 250.00 US$ 197.50. 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. Attica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. [8], King James Bible; Revised Standard Version. Was: $639.00. Free shipping. 1. The pictured silver (AR) tetradrachm comes from Athens, Greece and dates around 393 to 350 BC. 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. $747.30. ATHENS Greece 455BC Ancient Greek TETRADRACHM Coin Athena Owl Remake St Judes. The tetradrachm (Greek: τετράδραχμον, romanized: tetrádrachmon) was an Ancient Greek silver coin equivalent to four drachmae. 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. Most well known were the silver mines of Laurium at a close distance from Athens. Free shipping. These issues are considered the pinnacle of artistic style in Athenian coinage and many note them as among the most attractive of all Greek coins. The inscription “ΑΘΕ” is an abbreviation of ΑΘΗΝΑΙΩΝ, which may be translated as “of the Athenians”. Free shipping . Athena/Owl Tetradrachm NGC graded Fine. _______________________________________________________________________, 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. In daily use, the Athenian drachmas were called glaukes (γλαῦκες, “owls”). ATHENS Attica Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Ancient Silver Greek Coin NGC i59981. To search our full database of over 5 million records, please subscribe to CoinArchives Pro. This transition is supported by the discovery of contemporary coin hoards, and more particularly of a coin hoard found on the Acropolis in 1886. Ancient Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Coin (454-404 BC) - Nice VF. Was: Previous price £8,416.18. or Best Offer. But it was also the … The ancient Athenian Owl tetradrachm underwent several design shifts from inception through the end of its lifespan. Ancient Greek Attica, Athens 440 B.C. Many ancient greek coins are considered artistic masterpieces for their elegant and detailed designs. Silver tetradrachm coin depicting the owl of Athena (circa 449–413 BCE). The coinage of Ancient Greece is vastly different from one region to the next with seemingly countless varieties. 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. Ancient Greece Athens Tetradrachm (Fakes are possible) 393BC to 350BC These ancient coins are amazing. Was: Previous price £7,229.94. Watch. 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. Free shipping. 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. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free shipping. The Coin Above is a fine example of the Silver Tetradrachm “Athenian Owl” that is available for sale in the Tauler & Fau Auction #40 to be held on October 1 as Lot # 2004. Romae Aeternae Numismatics. ATHENS Greece 440BC Ancient Silver Greek TETRADRACHM Coin Athena Owl NGC i83830. Athens Athena Owl Tetradrachm Coin 465-455 BC - NGC AU - Test Cut - Early Issue! Free shipping. 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! Learn how your comment data is processed. 20 bids. President Theodore Roosevelt kept an owl … 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. Presented here is a fantastic collection of silver tetradrachms minted in Athens, ancient Greece, between 449 and 404 BC. [7] The design was kept essentially unchanged for over two centuries, by which time it had become stylistically archaic. $2.93 shipping. KINGDOM OF THRACE LYSIMACHUS SILVER TETRADRACHM NGC XF ALEXANDER THE GREAT. 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 … CoinWeek does not buy or sell coins or numismatic material and No endorsement or affiliation to or from CoinWeek.com is made. C $869.88. CoinWeek Supplies Highlights _______________________________________________________________________. £2,891.98. 440-404 BC. Design Replicating the Tetradrachm of … While Owl tetradrachms would quickly become the reigning … Athens. Search for 'Athens Tetradrachm Owl' in upcoming auctions at . Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by artemisnumismatics, May 20, 2020. artemisnumismatics New Member. Was: $685.00. Your search for 'Athens Tetradrachm Owl' matched 1374 lots from auctions added in the last six months. This Athenian Owl Tetradrachm example was struck over 2,400 years ago in Ancient Greece and to this day remains in Mint State condition. 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. Coin, Attica, Athena, Tetradrachm, 490-407 AV JC, Athens, AU(50-53), Silver … The archaic owls of Athens: classification and chronology. 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. $643.90. Owls were commonly reproduced by Athenians in vases, weights and prize amphoras for the Panathenaic Games. Tetradrachms were common as trade coins. Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Coin (148 BC, New Style) - NGC Choice Fine. $1,592.52. Was: $2,500.00. £8.99. BMC 300 var (initials below); Mionnet 41 corr. 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. of .999 fine silver. [2], The silver tetradrachm is believed to be the coin given to Judas for betraying Jesus. or Best Offer. Alexander the Great III AR Tetradrachm … Design of the Athenian Owl Tetradrachm. Ending Jan 2 at 1:46AM PST 3d 8h. 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). The tetradrachm is an ancient Greek silver coin equivalent to four drachmae. In Greek mythology, a little owl traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom, or Minerva, her syncretic incarnation in Roman mythology. 2020 © DISCLAIMER: All content within CoinWeek.com is presented for informational purposes only, with no guarantee of accuracy. $1,000.00. £3,366.47. Athenian Owl Tetradrachm Authenticity. Ancient Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm Coin (440-404 BC) - NGC Choice XF! Free … Greece Athens Ar Tetradrachm ca. 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. I know ancients on eBay are always a gamble, but I felt confident on these because of seller returns and PayPal recourse. Numiscorner. AR Tetradrachm OBV: Helmeted head of Athena right 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. $3.90 shipping. The Athena Owl Tetradrachm was one of the first coins to be struck with both an obverse and reverse. Ancient Athens Greece Athena Owl Tetradrachm AR Silver Coin 440-404 BC Ch VF. 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