AN ATHENIAN SILVER TETRADRACHM SET IN 18K GOLD
Catalog:Jewelry:Coin Jewelry: stock #796894
c. 450-400 B.C.
An Athenian silver Tetradrachm (the equivalent of approximately four drachm) set in a handcrafted solid 18K gold pendant produced by the finest Armenian-Jerusalemite jewelers. Found in Jerusalem. Coin in excellent condition.
Obverse: Head of the Goddess Athena, facing right.
Reverse: An owl with an olive spray, a waning moon and the first three letters of Athens.
26 mm diameter; 21.60 g weight for gold and coin.
Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority.
Throughout antiquity, Athena and her companion owl served Athens as city symbol and primary coin type. What made the Athenian silver so popular and long lasting was its status as the definition of good money. The man on the street anywhere in the Greek world knew that he could trust the "owl" to contain full weight of the best silver. Athens was the strongest economic force in the Greek world. Their mines provided the Athenians with tons of fine silver so there was never a reason for them to produce bad coins.