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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.

Parthian Kingdom Mithradates II AR tetradrachm.

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Parthian Kingdom Bagasis AR tetradrachm

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

Alexander III. The Great 336-323 BC. GOLD Stater ** Exceptional***

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Alexander III. The Great 336-323 BC. GOLD Stater

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Vintage 14 k yellow gold necklace , with Ancient Roman silver coins

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(Japan) Bunsei (1819-28) and Tempo (1837-58) Koban Kin Gold Coins Ext Rare 2 pcs

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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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Greek Gold Coins

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2ROOKS ASIA MINOR GREEK GREECE LESBOS MYTILENE ELECTRUM COIN LION / BULL GOLD !

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

Vintage 14 k yellow gold necklace , with Ancient Roman silver coins

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

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Galla Placidia Roman Tremissis Gold Coin - 421-450 AD Very Rare!!!

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Alexander the Great Coins

Alexander III 336-323BC "Kingdom of Macedon" Gold Stater C117

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Moesia Alexander III the Great AR tetradrachm rare Dionysopolis mint!

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Alexander III. The Great 336-323 BC. GOLD Stater ** Exceptional***

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Alexander III. The Great 336-323 BC. GOLD Stater

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Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver | Ancient

NGC Cert Ch VF Ithyphallic SATYR Abducts NYMPH 500BC THASOS Stater Silver Coin

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RARE HERCULES / Erymanthian BOAR Volteia 2 XF Ancient ROMAN Silver Denarius Coin

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GLADIATORS Fight Scene NGC Cert. Ch VF RARE! Didia 2 ROMAN Silver Denarius Coin

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RARE MARS/WARRIORS Oath Man with PIG VETURIA 1 AU Ancient Roman Silver Denarius

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

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

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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 ALEXANDER the GREAT Macedon LIFETIME Coin Tetradrachm Ancient Greek Silver

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RARE HADRIAN a OLYMPIAN GOD BIG Ancient Coin MEDALLION Ephesus Temple of Diana z

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

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RARE! NGC Certified Ch VF VICT BRIT COMMODUS SESTERTIUS Ancient Roman coin

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Ancient Byzantine/Roman Gold Coin Necklace, with COA from David Sear - BIN

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Ancient silver coins collection - 11 items, mostly Roman denarius.

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