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Athenian Silver Tetradrachm in the New Style - C.6108
Origin: City of Athens
Circa: 2 nd Century BC
Dimensions: 1.25" (3.2cm) high    16.7Grams
Collection: Numismatics
Medium: Silver

$3,300.00
Location: United States
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Obverse, head of Athena Parthenos wearing triple- crested Athenian helmet ornamented with Pegasos and foreparts of horses; pellet border encircling; reverse, T?/T??/F??, right; ?/??/??, left; Owl standing on Amphora, centre; Nike in quadriga, right; ??, in exergue; all within laurel-wreath. The tetradrachm – a silver coin equivalent to four drachmae – first came into circulation in Athens in 510 BC, replacing the earlier “heraldic” type of currency. The tetradrachm was to become the most authoritative coinage of Classical Greece and was adopted by many other city-states. It would remain barely changed over the next three centuries. By 2nd century BCE Athens’ fortunes had waned, conquered first by Sparta and then Macedonia. Shifts in the Socio-economic and political landscape give rise to a new-style of coinage, showing Athena wearing a crested helmet on the obverse and a highly-stylized owl standing upon a prostrate amphora on the reverse. This issue, which was minted almost four hundred years after the first tetradrachms marks the changes to a very distinct iconography that would endure until the Roman conquest. - (C.6108)

 

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