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Ancient Greece, Attica, Athens, silver AR Tetradrachme

Ancient Greece, Attica, Athens, silver AR Tetradrachme



Ancient Greece, Attica, Athens, silver AR Tetradrachme

Struck: Athens, circa 454-404 BC

Attica, Athens AR Tetradrachm, 24mm

Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Reverse: Owl standing to right, olive sprig and crescent behind, all within incuse square. countermark.
Legend: AΘE - Abbreviated Greek for "Athens".

Article code: 13-8602

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The Athenian 'owl' silver tetradrachm is unquestionably one of the most influential coins of all times. On the obverse is a depiction of Athens' patron (the virgin goddess of wisdom Athena) with her attribute the owl on the reverse. When Athens emerged as the greatest of all Greek cities during the fifth century BC, the owl (symbol of knowledge, wisdom and perspicacity) helped to spread Greek culture throughout the Mediterranean world.

Countermark:
The terms "countermark" or "banker's mark" are often used for letters, numbers or other symbols that are stamped into the surface of a coin after it has been minted for an official purpose. This purpose could be to certify that the coin is legal tender when it was in circulation beyond its place of origin, or to mark it has been retariffed at a different value. It is suspected that countermarks on the first coins ever minted in Lydia have been used as marks of ownership rather than a mark of authenticity.

Countermarks are not to be confused with graffiti or with "test cuts". Test cuts are often crude slashes into the surface of a coin to determine whether the coin was gold, silver or a plated counterfeit.
Examples of coins are known to have multiple test cuts because after time the color of the metal was tarnished, or some forgers even created plated test cuts.

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