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Ancient Silver Tetradrachm Coins

Ancient Silver Tetradrachm Coins

by admin on July 30, 2012

The Ancient Greek Tetradrachm coin was equivalent to four drachmae and was in wide circulation from 510 to 38 BC.

Athens: Head of Athena r./ ΑΘΕ, owl r. - Classic period (ca. 393-355 BC)

Many surviving tetradrachms were minted by the polis of Athens around the middle of the 5th century BC; the popular coin was widely used in transactions throughout the ancient Grecian world, including in cities politically unfriendly to Athens. The Athenian tetradrachm was stamped with the image of an owl, the iconographic symbol of the Athenian polis. To differentiate their currency from the rival coinage of Aegina, Athens minted its tetradrachm based on the “Attic” standard of 4.3 grams per drachma.

The tetradrachm’s use as currency spread with the armies of Alexander the Great to the Greek-influenced areas of present-day Iran and India.

Fake Tetradrachm Coins

Here are some examples of fake Tetradrachm coins sold on ebay:

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