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Greece, Attica, Athens, Tetradrachma (454-404 BC) - "owl"

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The famous owl, so named because of the characteristic representation of the reverse, is a coin that, as Mariusz Mielczarek points out, became one of the most important means of payment of the entire Greek world of the classical era in the fifth century BC. A coin minted at the height of Athens' economic and political power, or at the beginning of this powerful polis' road to collapse as a result of the defeat of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC). We can safely say that the Athenian tetradrachma was the equivalent of today's dollar in terms of trust, which made the Athenians not change the appearance of the coin for almost a century.

Obverse: Head of Athena a in front with the eye framed "straight ahead."

Reverse: An owl standing straight ahead, behind it an olive branch and a crescent moon, the inscription AΘE.

Test groove (?) at the owl.

Silver, diameter 23 mm, weight 17.08 g.

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Auction 23 at the Royal Castle in Warsaw
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03 June 2024 CEST/Warsaw
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