Attica, Athens


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This enormous issue, the largest of any Greek state up to that time seems to have begun with the Athenians appropriated 5,000 talents from the treasury of the Delian League in order to pay for rebuilding work on the city’s temples. Over the following decades huge quantities of tetradrachms were minted to finance grandiose building projects, such as the Parthenon

Attica, Athens
 Circa 545-404 BC
Tetradrachm (17.1 grams)
Obverse Description
Head of Athena right wearing crested helmet with three olive leaves and floral scroll.
Reverse Description
Owl standing rihgt, head facing. AOE in right field, olive twig and cresent, all within incuse square.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 9 × 8 × 1 cm