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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.

ANCIENT GREEK: SICILY, MESSANA, SILVER AR TETRADRACHM Ca.460 BC. NGC CH VF

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

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KINGS of BITHYNIA. Nikomedes III Late 2nd century BC AR Tetradrachm Greek Coin

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

Alexander III The Great 336-323 B.C. Gold AV Stater

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Sasanian king Peroz, AV Gold Dinar, (459-484 AD) Balkh mint

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

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Byzantine Gold Slater ALEXANDER the GREAT circa 300 BC . Athena helmet with Nike

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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!

LUCANIA, SYBARIS AR NOMOS C. 550/510 BC

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Alexander III The Great 336-323 B.C. Gold AV Stater

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ANCIENT GREEK: SICILY, MESSANA, SILVER AR TETRADRACHM Ca.460 BC. NGC CH VF

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

Roman Republican AR Denarius - L. Hostilius Saserna 48 BC

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ROMAN EMPIRE, VITELIUS, NGC GRADE & CERTIFIED

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

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Alexander the Great Coins

PHILIPP II and ALEXANDER III 340/36-328B.C AU STATER 8.53g/18mm PELLA R-4

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Alexander III The Great 336-323 B.C. Gold AV Stater

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ALEXANDER the Great X RARE XF Tetradrachm Price 804 Ancient Greek Silver Coin

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Byzantine Gold Slater ALEXANDER the GREAT circa 300 BC . Athena helmet with Nike

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Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver | Ancient

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

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RARE HADRIAN as OLYMPIAN GOD Gilt BIG Ancient Coin Temple Diana Ephesus mint

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

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

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

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ALEXANDER the Great X RARE XF Tetradrachm Price 804 Ancient Greek Silver Coin

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GOLD! Theodosius II Ancient Roman AV Solidus Coin Victory Ancient Roman 408 AD

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HERCULES/Erymanthian Boar Volteia2XF RARE Ancient ROMAN Silver Denarius Coin78BC

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HADRIAN Rare Heroic Bust 14k Gold Necklace Ancient ROMAN Denarius Silver Coin z

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ANCIENT ROMAN GOLD SOLIDUS EMPEROR HONORIUS

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ancient Greek Judea SHEKEL of the First Revolt

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CERTIFIED VF 35 ALEXANDER THE GREAT SILVER TETRADRACHM ANCIENT COIN 315-294 BC

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China ancient coin Chan dinasty 760 years BC,Extremely rare,XF

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Ch VF Sexually Aroused SATYR Abducting NYMPH 500BC THASOS Stater Silver Coin

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449-413BC Attica, Athens Silver Tetradrachm Athena Owl Greek Coin

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