Ancient Greek Tetradrachm Coins |

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.

PHILIP II 348BC NGC Certified AU* Ancient Silver Greek Tetradrachm Coin

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440-404 BC Attica, Athens AR Tetradrachm NGC Ch XF Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5

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Sicily, Syracuse 450-440 BC Tetradrachm

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

Stephan Bathory (1571-1575) Gold Dukat 1575 Transylvania / Extremely Rare

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Sasanian kings, Shapur III, 383-388AD, AV gold Dinar, Sind mint, VF ex. CNG

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TITUS AUGUSTUS CAESAR ROMAN ANCIENT SESTERTIUS GOLD PATINA - VERY RARE REVERSE

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

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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!

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

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PHILIP II 348BC NGC Certified AU* Ancient Silver Greek Tetradrachm Coin

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Macedon Neapolis trihemiobol 510-480 B.C., AR 8.5, 1.07gr RARE

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

Julius Caesar Roman Coin

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Sear Roman Coin

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TITUS AUGUSTUS CAESAR ROMAN ANCIENT SESTERTIUS GOLD PATINA - VERY RARE REVERSE

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Alexander the Great Coins

RARE ALEXANDER the Great Macedon Price 804 Ancient Greek Silver Tetradrachm Coin

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Severus Alexander AE27 "Drunken Hercules Three Satyrs" Alexandria Troas Rare EF

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Alexander III Great Silver Tetradrachm "Herakles & Zeus" Very Rare Monogram nEF

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CM Alexander III `the Great` Genuine Ancient Greek Large Silver Coin

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MASSIVE Vintage 18k Gold & Ancient Greek Coin Ring

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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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335 BC NGC AU Horseman Battle Apollo Silver TetraDrachm Ancient Coin Patraos AU

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

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

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PHILIP II 348BC NGC Certified AU* Ancient Silver Greek Tetradrachm Coin

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UNIQUE J.P. MORGAN COLLECTION GREEK COIN AND FINGER RING WITH ENGRAVED STONE

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913-59 BYZANTINE GOLD COIN SOLIDUS CONSTANTINE VII ROMANUS II CHRIST PANTOKRATOR

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ALEXANDER III the GREAT Lifetime NGC Certified XF Ancient Silver Greek Coin

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ANCIENT ROMAN COINS.Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ As (25mm, 10.04 g.). Rome mint.

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Theodosius II 402-450 A.D. Ancient Coin

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ANCIENT ROMAN REPUBLIC C. VIBIUS, C. F. PANSA SILVER COIN 90 BC HORSE MINERVA

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Ancient Greek Silver Tetradrachm of Alexander The Great (336-323 BC)

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CM Antiochos I Soter Seleukid Kings Genuine Ancient Greek Large Silver Coin

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