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.

Ancient Ionia Samos AR Tetradrachm Lion Bull 5th-4th Century BC - NGC Choice XF!

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ATTICA, Athens. Circa 510-500/490 BC Arcaic Ar Tetradrachm

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ATTICA, Athens. Circa 510-500/490 BC Arcaic Ar Tetradrachm

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Ancient Collectors Coins | Gold

AUGUSTUS 27 BC-14 AD. Gold AV Aureus. Gaius and Lucius. Lugdunum. 2BC- 4AD RARE!

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Michael III. Byzantine gold solidus BARBARIAN AVARS variant Extremely RARE!

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364-367 AD Valens gold Solidus (portr: Valentin II) ancient antique Roman coin

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Ancient Gold After 54BC Coson NGC MS Strike/Surface 5/5 djcollectibles

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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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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

Roman Republic Anonymous 206-200 BC Denarius CHOICE STAR XF Rare, Finest known!

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

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364-367 AD Valens gold Solidus (portr: Valentin II) ancient antique Roman coin

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Alexander the Great Coins

c.late 3rd Century BC BITHYNIA, CALCHEDON AV Stater TYPES OF LYSIMACHUS ALEXANDE

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Ancient Macedonian Gold Coin STATER ALEXANDER THE GREAT 320 BC

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LYSIMACHOS Silver Tetradrachm Ancient Greek Coin ALEXANDER the GREAT NGC i59774

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336 – 323 Kingdom of Macedon Alexander III AV Stater | NGC Ch XF 5/5, 4/5

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

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TYRE Shekel Biblical Greek Coin Jesus Betrayal Judas 30Pieces of Silver pcgs AU

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

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Ancient Roman Aelius Silver Denarius, Left-Facing Head, Extra Rare!!

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Roman gold coin VALENTINIAN I 364-375AD VF Gold Solidus

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Kushan,Indo Scythian, Indo-Greek (Menander I, Bronze, Baktria) Coin 1400

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

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c. 48 - 47 BC Roman Imperatorial AR Denarius Ancient Silver Coin - NGC Ch AU

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214 - 212 BC Sicily Syracuse AR 12-Litrae Ancient Silver Coin - NGC Ch AU

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323 - 305/4 BC Ptolemaic Kingdom AR Tetradrachm Ancient Silver Coin - NGC Ch XF

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c. 490 - 475 BC Sicily Gela AR Didrachm Ancient Silver Coin - NGC XF

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317 - 289 BC Sicily Syracuse AR Stater Ancient Silver Coin - NGC Ch XF* Star

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c. 4th Century BC Caria Isl. Of Cos AR Didrachm Ancient Silver Coin - NGC Ch XF

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c. 457 - 350 BC Greece Isl. Of Aegina AR Stater Ancient Silver - NGC Ch XF* Star

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