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.

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Tetradrachm of Cleopatra VII, struck 51 BC NGC AU 9005

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SELEUCID KINGDOM TETRADRACHM 312 - 281 BC QUADRAGA OF ELEPHANTS NGC CH F 4/5 4/5

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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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RARE GOLD ANCIENT ROMAN & BYZANTINE COIN CUFF BRACELET

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ANCIENT GOLD~ KINGDOM of MACEDON ~PHILIP II~ 359~336~BC ~NGC~XF~8.57g ~$4,488.88

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Late Roman Gold Solidus. Aelia Eudocia. Augusta, 423-460 AD.

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

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CARTHAGE, ZEUGITANA AV STATER NGC AU Stike 4 ANCIENT DIE SHIFT ERROR!

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Ancient Roman Collectors Coins | Gold | Silver

RARE GOLD ANCIENT ROMAN & BYZANTINE COIN CUFF BRACELET

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JULIUS CAESAR 49BC Elephant Serpent Authentic Ancient SILVER Roman Coin QUALITY

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Late Roman Gold Solidus. Aelia Eudocia. Augusta, 423-460 AD.

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Alexander the Great Coins

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

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PCW-G5824-KINGS OF MACEDON, Alexander III. 336-323 BC. Gold Stater.

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Ptolemy I Tetradrachm Name Alexander III "Elephant Headdress & Athena" Rare EF

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Alexander The Great Gold Stater - (311-308 BC) Seleucus I - Babylon Mint - EF

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Alexander the Great AR Tetradrachm Coin 336-323 BC - Certified NGC AU - Nice!

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94 BC NGC CH AU * STAR Bithynian Kingdom Nicomedes VI TetraDrachm Ancient Coin

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

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

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

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Ancient Roman Julia Domna Silver Denarius - FECVNDITAS - Very Rare

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Ancient Thessaly, Larissa AR Drachm 300 BC with Horse - NGC Choice AU* Star!

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Ancient Pontic Kingdom Mithradates VI 120-63 BC Gold AV Stater Callatis NGC MS

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Ancient Pontic Kingdom Mithradates VI 120-63 BC Gold AV Stater Tomis NGC MS

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Roman Empire GOLD coin, aureus, Emperor Marcus Aurelius Carus

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Roman Mark Antony AR Denarius Coin 31 BC Cyrene - Certified ICG XF40 (EF40)!

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RARE Ancient GREEK SILVER COIN club wheel HERACLES 400 BC Hercules unidentified

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ANCIENT ROMAN Hadrian 117-138 AD AE Sestertius Rome 128AD . S-3602

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ANCIENT GREEK Sicily, Siculo-Punic c300-290BC AR Tetradrachm. S-6436

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ANCIENT GREEK Sicily, Siculo-Punic c300-290BC AR Tetradrachm. S-6436

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