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.

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

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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm Arethusa Four Dolphins Swimming Clockwise Ex CNG

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A SUPERB AEOLIS, MYRINA CIRCA 155-145 BC SILVER TETRADRACHM, NGC

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

Lydia, Sardes, as mint for Achaemanid kings: AV Gold Daric (minted 485-420BC)

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Gold Macedonian Kingdom Alexander the Great AV Stater Athena Nike Sardes Mint

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Syracuse Hieron II AV Gold 60 Litrae Dekadrachm Persephone Biga Ex CNG

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Sicily Syracuse AGATHOKLES Electrum EL 50 Litrae Apollo Tripod Ex CNG Gold EF

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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!

HJB- Macedonia, Alexander III The Great, Stater

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Gold AV Hemidrachm (30 Litrae) Syracuse Time of Timoleon Zues Pegasos Ex CNG

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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm Arethusa Four Dolphins Swimming Clockwise Ex CNG

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

ROMAN EMPIRE, VITELIUS, NGC GRADE & CERTIFIED

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CAESAR TITUS AUGUSTUS ROMAN BRONZE ANCIENT COIN EXTREMELY RARE REV GOLD PATINA

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

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Alexander the Great Coins

HJB- Macedonia, Alexander III The Great, Stater

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Alexander The Great Gold Stater NGC XF 5/5 2/5 lifetime-early post bargain!!!

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CM Alexander III `the Great` Genuine Ancient Greek Large Silver Coin

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Gold Macedonian Kingdom Alexander the Great AV Stater Athena Nike Sardes Mint

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Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver | Ancient

OLD ANCIENT ROMAN PURE GOLD COIN

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

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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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Gold Coin - Kingdom of Macedon - Alexander the Great - Stater - Fine

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ANCIENT GREEK GOLD COIN, LYSIMACHOS 306-281BC, THRACE STATER, TOMIS MINT

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

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ALEXANDER the Great LIFETIME Amphpolis Macedon Mint Ancient Silver Tetradrachm

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Alexander the Great AR Tetradrachm 336-323 BC - NGC Choice AU - Lifetime Coin!

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CAESAR TITUS AUGUSTUS ROMAN BRONZE ANCIENT COIN EXTREMELY RARE REV GOLD PATINA

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DOLPHIN, BOY on HORSE TARENTUM CALABRIA Ancient Greek Silver Didrachm NOMOS aXF

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

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THEODOSIUS II GOLD Solidus Ancient Roman Coin Winged VICTORY Constantinople aXF

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TARAS rides DOLPHIN Boy on HORSE 280 BC TARENTUM Greek Silver Coin NOMOS aXF

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ALEXANDER the Great LIFETIME ISSUE Coin BABYLON Ancient Greek Silver Tetradrachm

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