24mm Ancient Coin with Owl of Athena


This tetradrachm bears the helmeted head of Athena on one side and two symbols of the goddess, an owl and an olive-branch, on the other. In Greek mythology, Athena, the goddess of wisdom and just warfare, rivaled Zeus himself in power and wisdom. It was Athena who gave the people of Attica the olive-tree. The owl is Athena's attribute or mascot. According to the mythology, Athena at times would take the form of her owl. The owl species depicted on Athenian Owls is the Athene Noctua, also called the Little Owl or Minerva Owl. Standing 6 to 8 inches and weighing 2.5 to 4.5 ounces, they range from the Mediterranean to Scandinavia. In ancient times the owl was a symbol of wisdom. It has also been suggested that the eye of the owls were associated with a very ancient symbol for heaven in the form of a double circle (perhaps from the constellation Gemini that served as a guide to travelers by night). The Athenians were one of the first to commemorate a military victory on their coins. Following victory over the Persians at Marathon in 490 BC., the Athenians modified their tetradrachm to include a crescent moon between the owl and olive branches. The moon reminded Athenians that Darius, King of Persia, withdrew his forces under a waning moon. 

  • Set in 18k yellow gold, hand made in Bali
  • 18inch, 18k white Italian made cable chain
  • 24mm, 17.1gram authenticated coin
  • From Athens, Attica
  • 449-404 BC, AR Tetradrachm
  • Certificate of authenticity & appraisal provided

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