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Extremely Rare AR Tetradrachm Museum Reproduction Dynast EMINAKOS, Olbia Scythia 450-425 BC Ancient Greek Silver Coin Hercules Drawing a Bow Coinlandia. From shop Coinlandia. 5 out of 5 stars (8) 8 reviews $ 66.37 FREE shipping Favorite Add to. A tetradrachm, as the name suggests, was a silver coin that was valued at 4 drachmas in Ancient Greece. These particular Tetradrachm Coins were issued by Emperor Nero, one of the Twelve Caesars who ruled over the vast Roman Empire. Alexander the Great III Tetradrachm Silver Coin c. 336-323 BC Kings of Macedonia C $254.18 Ancient Greek Attica, Athens 440 B.C. Athena/Owl Tetradrachm NGC graded Fine.


Athens, Greece (Place Created)

182–181 B.C.

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4.4 cm (1 3/4 in.)

Gift of Morton Scribner, M.D.

Object Description

This four-drachma coin (also known as a tetradrachm) features the helmeted head of the Greek goddess Athena on one side and her symbolic bird, the owl, on the other. Beginning from about 520-510 B.C., Athena and her owl were depicted on Athenian coins because she was the patron goddess of the city. As a result, these coins have been nicknamed 'owls.' The olive wreath surrounding the owl and the small sideways amphora (storage vessel) on which the bird stands identify this coin as belonging to a series that began to be minted in 196‑195 B.C. The olive wreath and the amphora are emblems of the principal agricultural products of Athens, olives and olive oil.

Two Greek words appear on the back. 'Athe,' which stands for Athens, is on the same level as the owl's eyes. Written below that is the name of an Athenian magistrate, 'Ammodio,' whose service in government dates to 182‑181 B.C. A tiny image of a container appears to the owl's left; its precise significance is unknown.

Greek tetradrachm

Tetradrachm Of Alexander The Great


Morton Scribner, M.D. (Arcadia, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980.

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Edwards, Nina. Darkness: a Cultural History. (London: Reaktion Books, 2018), p. 253, ill.

Edwards, Nina. Darkness: A Cultural History (London: Reaktion Books, 2018), p. 253, ill.

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Students will analyze a modern-day coin and compare it to three coins from antiquity, then create their own coin using historical figures.

Visual Arts; History–Social Science

6-8; 9-12

Three/Five-Part Lesson

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Tetradrachm Owl

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