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440-404 B.C. Ancient Attica Athens Silver Athena Owl Tetradrachm NGC MS
440-404 B.C. Ancient Attica Athens Silver Athena Owl Tetradrachm NGC MS
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440-404 B.C. Ancient Attica Athens Silver Athena Owl Tetradrachm NGC MS

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The wisdom of Athens

Struck more than two millennia ago

The Athenian Owl was the first mass-circulated coin ever produced.

For much of what we love about Western Civilization, we have ancient Athens to thank. After all, this pinnacle of culture and thought created democracy, was the birthplace of Socrates and Plato, and built the Parthenon. During this period, Athens also created the silver Athenian Owl Tetradrachm of 440-404 B.C., considered by many to be the most famous of all ancient coins. Part of what makes these coins so iconic is that they are the first mass-circulated coin ever produced. 

Forged on thick slabs of silver, these coins present Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and patron goddess of Athens on the obverse. The reverse features the Athenian Owl, standing for all the wisdom, knowledge, and erudition of that great city-state. The owl is Athena’s familiar, and, according to legend, she sometimes took the form of her owl. President Teddy Roosevelt was said to have carried an Athenian Owl coin in his pocket, which in turn inspired him to order the redesign of U.S. coins in the early 1900s.

Here is your opportunity to own this rare tetradrachm graded as fantastic Mint State (MS) condition by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). These coins have received the extra designation of being a part of The Parliament Collection. With the Athenian Owl Tetradrachm in your pocket, you can carry the wisdom of Athens everywhere you go. Don’t let these historic, museum-quality coins disappear!

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Details
  • 440-404 BC
  • Athens
  • Silver
  • Tetradrachm grade
  • NGC Mint
  • 17 grams


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