Attica, Athens. c. 108/7 BC

Attica, Athens. c. 108/7 BC


AR Tetradrachm, 16.78g (28mm, 12h). Head of Athena right wearing Attic helmet / A-ΘE Owl standing on fallen amphora. ΕΥΜΗ−ΛΟΣ / ΚΑΛ/ΛΙ/ΦΩΝ / ΔΙΟΚΛ to left, Tyche symbol holding amphora to right. E on fallen amphora and ME in exergue.

Pedigree: From the collection of a German doctor assembled in the 1960's and 1970's

References: Thompson 739b

Grade: Great strike but porous surfaces, particularly on the obverse. VF+/EF  (gk1098)

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Athens starting striking coins in the 6th century BC and became almost an international currency for the Greek world. Coins with the Athena/Owl imagery could be found in hoards in and outside of Greece. Athens continued to strike coins well after their power had shifted and they no longer held a superior place on the world stage. By the time this coin was struck Athens was relying on the generosity of foreign powers for their survival. The Romans finally conquered Athens in 86 BC under the general Sulla. Under the Romans, the Athenians enjoyed imperial favor. There were buildings erected and special treatment given to the city to help preserve its long history. This continued off and on throughout the centuries. Even today Athens holds a special place in the hearts of many.