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.

ANCIENT GREEK COIN***432-348 BC AR TETRADRACHM GREECE~MACEDONIA~CHALKIDIAN ANACS

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SELEUCID KINGDOM TETRADRACHM 312 - 281 BC QUADRAGA - ELEPHANTS NGC CH VF 4/5 2/5

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Classic Akragas Tetradrachm

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

Sasanian kings: Khusru II (Parviz), ruled 590-628AD, AV gold Dinar, yr 626AD

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Islamic Kingdoms - Lot of 6 Ancient Fatimid Gold Dinars

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Rome Gold Aureus Julia Domna (6.91 g) EF++

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

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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 Thessaly, Larissa AR Drachm 300 BC with Horse - NGC Choice AU* Star!

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ANCIENT GREEK COIN***432-348 BC AR TETRADRACHM GREECE~MACEDONIA~CHALKIDIAN ANACS

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SELEUCID KINGDOM TETRADRACHM 312 - 281 BC QUADRAGA - ELEPHANTS NGC CH VF 4/5 2/5

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

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

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Roman Empire: TRAJAN DECIUS (ruled 249-251AD) AV Aureus, ROME mint, RARE

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Roman Empire: NERO Caesar, 54-68AD, AV Aureus, Rome mint years 64-65AD

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Alexander the Great Coins

Mithradates VI King of Pontos AU Stater 120-63 BC Alexander / Athena VF

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ALEXANDER III the GREAT Lifetime TETRADRACHM Big Silver Greek Coin NGC XF i58239

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ALEXANDER THE GREAT MOESIA CALLITAS GOLD STATER 260-220BC NGC XF STK 4/5 SUR 4/5

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LYSIMACHOS Silver Tetradrachm Ancient Greek Coin ALEXANDER the GREAT NGC i58226

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Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver | Ancient

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

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

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Antique Chinese Han Dynasty Buddha Coin

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Vintage 14 k yellow gold pendant with silver ancient coin on silk cord, nice

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Roman Empire - Sulla AR Denarius Torquatus Coin 82 BC - Certified Choice AU!

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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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Ancient Roman Aelius Silver Denarius, Left-Facing Head, Extra Rare!!

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Ancient Thracian Koson mint Gold Stater Coin 44-42 BC ICG MS64 GORGEOUS!

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SATYR Death mask -- Very rare -- El Hecte -- 1/6 stater Ancient Gold

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Enigmatic SATYR.Extremely rare Ancient Greek Gold coin.AU Condition Worth $5.000

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Kushan Dynasty Vasudeva 1, AD 191-230. ANACS AU-50 Stater Scarce Ancient Coin

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Roman Servius Sulpicus AR Denarius Coin 51 BC Apollo - NGC Choice VF!

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Roman Anonymous AR Didrachm Hercules She-Wolf Coin 275-255 BC - NGC Choice XF!

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