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Quadridigité Style Athenian Tetradrachms, c. 286 - 262 B.C.

A transitional type of Athens tetradrachm distinguished by the floral ornament on the helmet, which ends in a shape somewhat resembling four fingers on a hand.   The type can be distinguished by the following features:

- Floral ornament ending in shape somewhat resembling a hand with four fingers.
- Thinner features on the goddess.
- Owl with a broad belly with many rows of feathers.
- Owl does not have a pellet between the eyes.
- Ethnic, AQE, is smaller, the sides of the A are curved and the cross bar does not close the letter.

The significant stylistic differences between this quadridigité style and the preceding Pi (P) style indicates the mint was probably closed for a period between the issues.  The mint was probably closed during domination of Athens by Macedonia, beginning under Demetrius Poliorcetes, from 294 - 286 B.C.  The quadridigité style was probably issued during the Chremonidean War, from c. 286 when Athens joined the anti-Macedonian coalition in revolt against Antigonus Gonatas until Athens was besieged and starved into surrender in c. 262 B.C.

Source:

Flament, C.  Le monnayage en argent d’Athènes. De l’époque archaïque à l’époque hellénistique (c. 550-c. 40 av. J.-C.). (Lovain-la-Neuve, 2007).