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

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

India Kushan Empire Vasu Deva I Gold AV Stater 192-225AD

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Phillip II Gold Stater

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Ptolemaic Kingdom gold octadrachm Ptolemy III 221-205 B.C.

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Gold Stater Philip III Arrhidaeus circa 323-317 BC VF/good F with COA by D. Sear

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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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India Kushan Empire Vasu Deva I Gold AV Stater 192-225AD

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

Marc Antony Cleopatra lover 32BC Actium Ancient Roman coin LEGVIII

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Julius Caesar Roman Coin

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Sear Roman Coin

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Alexander the Great Coins

CORINTHIA, CORINTH types of Alexander III AR NGC Certifed XF* Heracles Zeus

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Lysimachos of Macedon Silver Tetradrachm "Alexander III & Athena Seated" Rare EF

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FORVM Macedonian Kingdom Alexander the Great Gold Stater Lifetime 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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Roman Coin Constantine I the Great with Pannonian Cap

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

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

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ANCIENT GREEK SILVER STATER KROISOS ! UNIQUE, AUTHENTIC 560-546 B.C. !!!

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Alexander III, Macedonian Kings Silver Ancient Coin

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Julius Caesar Roman Coin

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Ancient Roman Gold Solidus Coin of Emperor Valentinian I the Great - 364 AD

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

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