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Tetradrachm | Greek Silver Coin
Tetradrachm | Greek Silver Coin

The tetradrachm was an Ancient Greek silver coin equivalent to four drachmae. It replaced the earlier heraldic type of didrachms and it was in wide circulation from 510 to 38 BC. The transition from heraldic type of didrachms to tetradrachms minted by the polis of Athens occurs shortly after the Battle of Salamis, 480 BC. This transition is supported by the discovery of contemporary coin hoards, particularly on the coin hoard found on the Acropolis in 1886. The Athenian tetradrachm was widely used in transactions throughout the ancient Grecian world, including in cities politically unfriendly to Athens.

To differentiate their currency from the rival coinage of Aegina using the Aeginetic stater of about 12.3 grams, Athens minted its tetradrachm based on the “Attic” standard of 4.3 grams per drachma. The vast number of “owls-tetradrachms” available those days mainly from the silver mines of Laurium financed the several achievements of Athens, such as the reconstruction of the Acropolis and building the Parthenon, as well as many Wars, including the Peloponnesian War. The tetradrachm’s use as a currency was soon adopted by many other city-states of the ancient Greece, Asia Minor, Magna Grecia and other Greek colonial cities throughout the Mediterranean Sea. With the armies of Alexander the Great it spread to the Greek-influenced areas of present-day Iran and India.

Aetolian League C.Mid-Late 3rd Century BC AR Tetradrachm 16.45g NGC Ch VF

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Thrace, Byzantion AR Tetradrachm *PEDIGREE*

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MITHRADATES VI, 88 BC. Silver Tetradrachm De Callatay Plate Greek Coin

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

Persia : Achaemenid Empire,Darios I - Xerxes II, (c 485-420 B.C) Gold Daric,VF

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Greek Silver Corinth AR Stater Pegasus Athena 4th Century BC on 18k gold pendant

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Byzantine Gold Slater ALEXANDER the GREAT circa 300 BC . Athena helmet with Nike

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LOW START!!!LYSIMACHOS STATER GOLD SHARP DETAILS EXTREMELY FINE ABOUT MS!!!

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Ancient Greek Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

The history of Ancient Greek coinage can be divided (along with most other Greek art forms) into three periods, the Archaic, the Classical, and the Hellenistic. All Greek coins were hand-made, rather than machined as modern coins are. The design for the obverse was carved (in incuso) into a block of bronze or possibly iron, called a die. The design of the reverse was carved into a similar punch. A blank disk of gold, silver, or electrum was cast in a mold and then, placed between these two and the punch struck hard with a hammer, raising the design on both sides of the coin.

Ancient Greek coins today

Collections of Ancient Greek coins are held by museums around the world, of which the collections of the British Museum, the American Numismatic Society, and the Danish National Museum are considered to be the finest. To varying degrees, these coins are available for study by academics and researchers.

There is also an active collector market for Greek coins. Several auction houses in Europe and the United States specialize in ancient coins (including Greek) and there is also a large on-line market for such coins. Hoards of Greek coins are still being found in Europe, Middle East, and North Africa, and some of the coins in these hoards find their way onto the market. Coins are the only art form from the Ancient world which is common enough and durable enough to be within the reach of ordinary collectors. Looking for a quality coin holder? Follow the link and shop now!

Aetolian League C.Mid-Late 3rd Century BC AR Tetradrachm 16.45g NGC Ch VF

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Thrace, Byzantion AR Tetradrachm *PEDIGREE*

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KINGS of BITHYNIA. Nikomedes III Late 2nd century BC AR Tetradrachm Greek Coin

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

Rare Ancient Greek / Roman ? Coin 2 1/4" 62 Grams Bronze / Electrum ? READ

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Roman Republican AR Denarius - L. Hostilius Saserna 48 BC - Julius Caesar

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ROMAN EMPIRE, VITELIUS, NGC GRADE & CERTIFIED

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Alexander the Great Coins

Greek Coin Silver Tetradrachm Alexander III The Great Byblos 330-320 BC

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Byzantine Gold Slater ALEXANDER the GREAT circa 300 BC . Athena helmet with Nike

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Collection If 6 Silver Tetradrachms Coin Of Alexander The Great And Prolemy

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NGC Graded Alexander III The Great 336-323 B.C. Gold AV Stater

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Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver | Ancient

GOLD!! ANASTASIUS I Ancient ROMAN Solidus Coin VICTORY Constantinople mint VF+

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Alexander the Great AR Tetradrachm Coin 336-323 BC - Certified NGC AU - Nice!

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Ancient Roman Coin - Janus 194-190 BC - NGC CH VF Certified Piece!

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Roman Constantius I AR Argenteus Coin (305-306 AD, Caesar) - Certified NGC AU

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ANCIENT CORINTH STATER 4TH CENTURY BC PEGASUS ATHENA TORCH NGC CHOICE VERY FINE

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ANCIENT EPIRUS AMBRACIA STATER 4TH CENTURY BC PEGASUS ATHENA KYLIX GRAPES NGC XF

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Alexander the Great AR Tetradrachm 336-323 BC - NGC Choice AU - Lifetime Coin!

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Ancient Greek Gold Stater, Thracian or Scythian, NGC MS*; 54 BC, AV Stater

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ANCIENT GREEK: SICILY, MESSANA, SILVER AR TETRADRACHM Ca.460 BC. NGC CH VF

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Focas . 602-610 Ancient Roman Gold Solidus coin . Phocas Byzantine Nice!

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Herod Antipas 4BC-AD 39 Judaea Jerusalem Biblical Coin EXTREMELY RARE!

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GOLD! Theodosius II Ancient Roman Solidus Coin Victory Ancient Roman

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NGC Choice VF Sexually Aroused SATYR Abduct NYMPH500BC THASOS Stater Silver Coin

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Shekel Of Tyre Beautiful Ancient Biblical Coin Ex CNG 14-13 BCE Rare DCA 920

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ANCIENT 24K GOLD Byzantine Tremissis Semissis? Leo I 457-474 AD Coin 18K Charm

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