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.

SELEUCID KINGDOM TETRADRACHM 312 - 281 BC QUADRAGA OF ELEPHANTS NGC CH F 4/5 4/5

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Attica Athens AR Tetradrachm 440-404 BC NGC MS* Drunk Owl Weight 17.06g Superb!

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Ancient Magna Graecia and Sicily Syracuse Tetradrachm c. 415-405 BC

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

ANCIENT GOLD~ KINGDOM of MACEDON ~PHILIP II~ 359~336~BC ~NGC~XF~8.57g ~$4,488.88

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336-323 Greek Alexander The Great Gold AV Stater | ICG AU55

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450 BC Persia – Sardies in Lydia Gold Daric | NGC AU

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Ancient coins,14k gold earrings, Constantine I the great,Helena,his mother

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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!

336-323 Greek Alexander The Great Gold AV Stater | ICG AU55

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450 BC Persia – Sardies in Lydia Gold Daric | NGC AU

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SELEUCID KINGDOM TETRADRACHM 312 - 281 BC QUADRAGA OF ELEPHANTS NGC CH F 4/5 4/5

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

Roman Empire. NGC XF. Faustina AE Sestertius AD 138-140-1 posthumous issue

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Roman Empire Augustus 27BC-AD14 AR Denarius Lugdunum Bull Butting Rev. NGC AU

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Roman Empire. Julius Caesar D. 44 BC Roman Imperatorial AE

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Alexander the Great Coins

336-323 Greek Alexander The Great Gold AV Stater | ICG AU55

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A- Macedonia - Alexander III, AV Stater, ant, Gold

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Alexander The Great Silver Tetradrachm In 14K Pendant on Sterling Silver Chain

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Two rare coins of Alexander the Great and the star of Vergina

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Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver | Ancient

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

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Roman Empire Nero Gold AV Aureus Coin with Jupiter 54-68 AD - Certified NGC Fine

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Corinth 405BC Athena Pegasus NGC Certified MS Ancient Silver Greek Coin

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CAROLINGIANS Eudes France NGC certified MS62 Denier Ancient Silver Coin

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Ancient Greek Coin - Alexander III - Gold Stater - Macedonia - NGC Choice XF

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Heraclius & Heraclius 610-641 AD Byzantine Empire Gold Coin Set In 18k Tie Clasp

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Ancient Greece Caria Cnidus AR Drachm Coin Helios Lion 210-167 BC - NGC XF!

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Roman L. Plautius Plancus AR Denarius Coin 47 BC Medusa Aurora - NGC AU !

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ATTICA ATHENS OWL COIN c.440-404 BC AR Tetradrachm NGC XF 4/5 3/5

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

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Alexander the Great Tetradrachm silver coin - mounted on a 14 k gold pendant

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The Famous Ancient Jewish Silver Temple Tax Coin or Shekel of Tyre - 92 BC

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Genuine Ancient Rome Denarius 65 B.C. Manius Aquillius *1823

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14kt Gold Pendant Alexander the Great Tetradrachm Ancient Greek Silver Coin Look

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Ancient Greek Philip II AV Stater Coin 359-336 BC - Certified ANACS VF25 - Rare!

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