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1920.8.55

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Tetradrachm of Athens

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Artist

Artist Unidentified

Title

Tetradrachm of Athens

Creation Date

ca. 514 BCE-407 BCE

Century

6th-5th century BCE

Dimensions

1 in. (2.54 cm)

Object Type

coin

Creation Place

Ancient Mediterranean, Greece

Medium and Support

silver

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Esq., Honorary Degree, 1926

Copyright

Public Domain

Accession Number

1920.8.55

The tetradrachm, or four-drachmai coin, was the principal denomination for the Athenians. Made of high-quality silver from mines in Attica, Athenian coins were carefully assayed to insure their value. The obverse, or head, of the coin was decorated with the helmeted head of Athena in high relief. The reverse, or tail, of the tetradrachm is dominated by the image of an owl, the signature bird of Athena and still a symbol for one of the goddess’s realms, wisdom. On account of their distinctive appearance and quality, Athenian tetradrachms became one of the most widely recognized currencies in the ancient Mediterranean. With elaborate designs on both sides of the coin, Athenian coinage was among the first to exhibit “heads and tails”.

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obverse
Additional Image reverse
reverse
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Keywords: Greek