A NGC ATHENIAN TETRADRACHM WITH PATINA AND COUNTERMARKS
Catalog:Coins:Greek: stock #1359405
Attica, Athens; c. 393-294 BCE
Obverse: Head of Athena facing right wearing helmet with floral scroll and aegis.
Reverse: Owl within incuse square facing. Olive sprig and crescent behind, A-TH-E right field.
Weight: 15.78 g
In Extremely Fine condition. Interesting countermarks.
Authenticated and encapsulated by NGC Ancients
Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.
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SNG Cop, 63
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.
A countermark is a symbol, letter, etc. stamped on the surface of a coin to certify it as legal tender in a province or territory outside of its area of issuance.