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.

Greek Coin Tetradrachm Laodiceia 1 St B.C. Silver

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Attica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. Circa 490-482 BC. Archaic

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Greek Attica Athens 440-404 BC AR Tetradrachm NGC MS 28929

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

Phillip II Gold Stater, father of Alexander the Great

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Phillip II Gold Stater, father of Alexander the Great

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Stephan Bathory (1571-1575) Gold Dukat 1575 Transylvania / Extremely Rare

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Ancient Thracian or Scythian Gold Stater Coin 54 BC. NGC Choice MS. Uncirculated

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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 Thracian or Scythian Gold Stater Coin 54 BC. NGC Choice MS. Uncirculated

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Greek Coin Tetradrachm Laodiceia 1 St B.C. Silver

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KINDOM OF BACTRIA, EUCRATIDES 1, c/170-145 BC, NGC GRADED

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

Coin Bracelet 14K Gold Authentic Ancient Roman Silver Coins Aquamarine Diamonds

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Julius Caesar Roman Coin

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ROMAN EMPIRE GOLD Lucius Verus AD 161-169 NGC XF 5/5 4/5 AV Aureus 7.20 g AC

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Alexander the Great Coins

Phillip II Gold Stater, father of Alexander the Great

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Phillip II Gold Stater, father of Alexander the Great

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14k Yellow Gold w/ Ruby Bezel Alexander III Tetradrachm Posthumous Issue

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14k Yellow Gold Diamond Bezel w/ Alexander III Tetradrachm Posthumous Issue

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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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Thracian Kings AV STATER-KOSON 44-42 BC Ancient Greek Koson GOLD Coin ICG MS63

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

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335 BC NGC AU Horseman Battle Apollo Silver TetraDrachm Ancient Coin Patraos AU

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

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

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UNIQUE J.P. MORGAN COLLECTION GREEK COIN AND FINGER RING WITH ENGRAVED STONE

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ANCIENT GOLD~ KINGDOM of MACEDON ~PHILIP II~ 359~336~BC ~NGC~XF~8.57g ~$5,888.88

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ALEXANDER the GREAT Tetradrachm,14K Gold Pendant VF+ Ancient Greek Silver Coin

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ANTIQUE QING KINGDOM MINORITY POLICY TAX MONEY COIN SILVER WING INGOT东北大翅宝50TEAL

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PHILIP II 337BC Macedonia Silver Greek TETRADRCHM NGC Certified Choice XF* Coin

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

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CM Justinian I the Great AV Gold Solidus Original Ancient Roman Coin EF

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CM Tiberius Tribute Penny Jesus Bible Original Ancient Coin Extremely Fine

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CM IONIA ERYTHRAI Hekte Elektron Gold Herakles Genuine Ancient Greek Coin

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