Greek Coins :
Athenian Coins : Athenian Silver Tetradrachm in the New Style
Athenian Silver Tetradrachm in the New Style - C.6108
Origin: City of Athens
1.25" (3.2cm) high
Location: United States
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Obverse, head of Athena Parthenos wearing
crested Athenian helmet ornamented with
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
510 BC, replacing the earlier “heraldic” type of
currency. The tetradrachm was to become the
authoritative coinage of Classical Greece and was
adopted by many other city-states. It would
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
give rise to a new-style of coinage, showing
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
years after the first tetradrachms marks the
to a very distinct iconography that would endure
until the Roman conquest.