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Attica, Athens owl tetradrachm c. 440 - 420 BC


Obverse: Head of Athena 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 vertical to right, all within incuse square.
Weight: 17.19 grams.
SNG Cop 31, SNG Munchen 49, Kroll 8, Dewing 1611, Gulbenkian 519, HGC 4 1597, SGCV I 2526.
About uncirculated.

The Athenian owl tetradrachm, perhaps the most influential coins of all time. During the 5th Century BC, when Athens emerged as the greatest of all Greek cities owl tetradrachms were the most widely used international coin and helped spread Greek culture throughout the Mediterranean world. The peak of Athens success, between 510-400 BC, witnessed the birth of democracy, construction of the Parthenon, pinnacle of Classical art and the origins of Western literature. Never before or since has one city contributed so much to human progress.

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