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Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 454 - 404 B.C., Old Style Tetradrachm
The old-style tetradrachm of Athens is famous for its almond shaped eye, archaic smile, and charming owl reverse. Around 480 B.C. a wreath of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena's helmet. On the reverse, a crescent moon was added.
During the period 449 - 413 B.C. huge quantities of tetradrachms were minted to finance grandiose building projects such as the Parthenon and to cover the costs of the Peloponnesian War.
SH87214. Silver tetradrachm
, SNG Cop
31, SNG MŁnchen
519, HGC 4
1597, SGCV I
2526, EF, mint luster
, well centered
, edge split and cracks, Athens
17.212g, maximum diameter
26.1mm, die axis
, c. 454 - 404 B.C.; obverse head
right, almond shaped eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round earring, hair in parallel curves; reverse
owl standing right, head
facing, erect in posture, olive sprig and crescent left, AΘE downward on right, all within incuse
Catalog current as of Friday, February 22, 2019.
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