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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.

PAEONIAN KINGDOM. AUDOLEON, C. 315-286 BC. AR TETRADRACHM

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KINGDOM OF MACEDON. ANTIGONOS III DOSON AR TETRADRACHM

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King of Persis Bagadat. early-mid 3rd century BC. AR Tetradrachm, Very Rare

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

TRAJAN, 98-117 AD AV GOLD AUREUS ROME MINT 116 AD WELL-CENTERED

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Pontic Kingdom Mithradates VI AV Gold Stater Alexander The Great NGC CH AU

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Vintage 14 k yellow gold necklace , with Ancient Roman silver coins

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Gold coin NERVA AUREUS 7.4 grams stuck at rome 97A.D

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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!

ANCIENT-BC-GREEK SILVER TETRADRACHM of RHODES-CARIA Obv:SUN GOD HELIOS-Rx:ROSE

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ANCIENT GREEK. SICILY, AKRAGAS, AR20, DIDRACHM EXTREMELY RARE (RRRR) EF - AUC

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TYNDARIS in SICILY 254BC Dioscuri Gemini Twins Female Ancient Greek Coin i43660

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

Vintage 14 k yellow gold necklace , with Ancient Roman silver coins

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ROMAN EMPIRE, NERO, AD 54-68, AV Aureus, NGC GRADE & CERTIFIED

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ROMAN EMPIRE. Antoninus Pius. 138–161 AD. AE Sestertius. Great style.

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Alexander the Great Coins

Pontic Kingdom Mithradates VI AV Gold Stater Alexander The Great NGC CH AU

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MACEDON KINGDOM ALEXANDER III 336-323 BC AV STATER, NGC CHOICE MS STAR

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Ancient Greek Gold Stater Coin of King Alexander the Great - 323 BC

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NGC Graded - Alexander the Great Tetradrachm - Ptolemy I Soter - Memphis Egypt

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Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver | Ancient

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

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

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

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ANCIENT-BC-GREEK SILVER TETRADRACHM of RHODES-CARIA Obv:SUN GOD HELIOS-Rx:ROSE

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

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Ancient Lucania, Heraclea AR Stater 330-280 BC - NGC Choice XF - Athena Coin

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RARE HADRIAN as OLYMPIAN GOD 32mm Ancient Coin MEDALLION Ephesus Temple of DIANA

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Ancient Greek Calabria, Taras AR Didrachm 281 BC - NGC Ch AU - Horse

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

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Constantine VII 945 - 963 AD Gold Byzantine Coin Bust of Christ***NGC AU***

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Roman Marc Antony & Octavian AR Denarius Coin (41 BC) - Certified NGC XF (EF)

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NGC CERT. Ch VF GLADIATORS in COMBAT RARE! Didia 2 Ancient ROMAN Silver Denarius

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Phoenician TYRE Shekel NGC Slab AU Thirty Pieces Of Silver Jesus Coin 5/5 3/5

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India GOLD ancient Kushans Vasudeva III 360 AD AV dinar 7.83 grams CHOICE EF

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India gold coin Mughal empoers Shihab ud din muhammad shah jahan 1628-1658

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