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 Silver Tetradrachm. Sicily, Syracuse Circa 466-405 BC.

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440-404 BC ATTICA ATHENS NGC CH XF AR Silver Tetradrachm 17.15 Grams

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AEOLIS CYME 2nd Century BC NGC AU AR Silver Tetradrachm 16.68 Grams

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

ALEXANDER THE GREAT MOESIA CALLITAS GOLD STATER 260-220BC NGC XF STK 4/5 SUR 4/5

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Ancient Thracian Koson mint Gold Stater Coin 44-42 BC ICG MS64 GORGEOUS!

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GOLD ROMAN AUREUS MARC AURELIUS 139-161 A.C FINE.EXTREMELY RARE AND AUTHENTIC

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GOLD ROMAN AUREUS VESPASIANUS 69-79 A.C. XF AUTHENTIC AND RARE

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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!

ANTIQUITIES Illustrated probably a satire (God pana or dionisos) B.C

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ALEXANDER THE GREAT MOESIA CALLITAS GOLD STATER 260-220BC NGC XF STK 4/5 SUR 4/5

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Ancient Thracian Koson mint Gold Stater Coin 44-42 BC ICG MS64 GORGEOUS!

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

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

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Roman Bronze Sestertius. Vespasian 69-79 AD.

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Roman Bronze Sestertius. Titus with Divus Vespasian 79-81 AD.

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Alexander the Great Coins

ROMAN IMP Severus Alexander 230AD AV Aureus NGC Gem MS 5/5; 5/5 FS Romulus Super

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GREEK MACEDON Alexander III the Great AV Stater NGC Ch AU 5/5; 5/5 FS Price 1562

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GREEK MACEDON Alexander III the Great AV Stater NGC MS* 5/5; 5/5 Ext. Rare issue

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Ancient Coin Pendant 14K Gold Ancient Greek Alexander the Great Silver Tetradrac

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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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Seleucus I, 312-281 BC, NGC , VF, 5/5, 4/5, Fine Style, Ancient Greek Silver

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Athens, Attica Owl, NGC Ancient Greek Silver 440-404 BC, Choice VF, 4/5, 4/5

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Ancient Thracian Koson mint Gold Stater Coin 44-42 BC ICG MS64 GORGEOUS!

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Roman Cassius Leibertas AR Denarius Coin 42 BC Smyrna Mint - ANACS XF40 (EF40)

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Genuine Ancient Rome Tetradrachm Coin 54-68 AD Nero *XB02

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1000 Ungraded and Uncleaned good Quality Roman coin

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Ancient Greece Caria Cnidus AR Drachm Coin Helios Lion 210-167 BC - NGC XF!

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Roman Empire, Galba (68-69), Sestertius December 68, Æ 28.94 g. VERY RARE COIN!

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Roman L. Plautius Plancus AR Denarius Coin 47 BC Medusa Aurora - NGC AU !

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ANCIENT GOLD~ KINGDOM of MACEDON ~PHILIP II~ 359~336~BC ~NGC~XF~8.57g ~$4,998.88

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Ancient Roman Coin. Augustus Nero Caesar. DENARIUS XF+.Vesta 58-60 AD Silver.

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Roman Empire - Sulla AR Denarius Torquatus Coin 82 BC - Certified Choice AU!

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Roman Servius Sulpicus AR Denarius Coin 51 BC Apollo - NGC Choice VF!

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Roman Anonymous AR Didrachm Hercules She-Wolf Coin 275-255 BC - NGC Choice XF!

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