Ancient Greek - (Athena and the Owl) - Minted in Arabia - Silver Tetradrachm - Circa 480-420 BCE

  • Denomination: AR Silver Tetradrachm
  • Description: Athena and the Owl
  • Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye.
  • Reverse: Owl standing right, lightly off center on the obverse.
  • Coin Mount: 18K gold
  • History: Athena was one of the most important goddesses in Greek mythology. Among her gifts to man were the inventions of the plow and the flute. The arts of taming animals, building ships, and making shoes are also included in her attributes. She was often associated with birds, specifically the owl. She was a virgin goddess and is always represented fully clothed, usually in armor and often holding a spear.  
  • This type of coin was believed to be minted in Saba by people known as Sabeans of South Arabia and is an ancient imitative of the famous Athena and Owl; which was hard currency traded all across the Mediterranean. 

 

  • ID: 13520

 

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