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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.

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

Kingdom of Macedon Alexander III Av Stater Gold Coin

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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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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!

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

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ANCIENT GREEK, TETRADRACHM, SICILY, AKRAGAS, 460 BC, RARE

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

ROMAN REPUBLIC: P. MAENIUS ANTIATICUS AR DENARIUS Ca. 132 BC. ROME, NGC CH VF

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

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Alexander the Great Coins

Ancient Greek Gold Alexander Stater Coin of King Philip III Arrhidaeus - 323 BC

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FORVM Macedonian Kingdom Alexander type Drachm Name of Antigonus 2nd Known VF

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Moesia Alexander III the Great AR tetradrachm rare Dionysopolis mint!

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Kingdom of Macedon Alexander III Av Stater Gold Coin

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Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver | Ancient

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

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

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

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RARE LIFETIME ALEXANDER the GREAT Macedon Tetradrachm Ancient Greek Silver COIN

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

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ANCIENT ROME: JULIUS CAESAR, AR DENARIUS, 48 BC. VENUS / AENEAS NGC CH XF

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