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Coins of the ancient Greek world
This lens is dedicated to ancient Greece, but it is not about the mythology, the philosophers, democracy or ancient wars. It's all about the ancient greek coins. Through an item ancient Greeks used in their every day lives, I hope to inform you about the life in ancient Greece. Below you will find photos of ancient coins and explanations of the depictions.
As ancient Greece was divided in different cities and regions, it was often than its one of them has its own currency.
Also the long history of ancient Greece creates a division of three periods (Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic), which also characterises the ancient Greek coinage.
The photo depicts the Tetradrachm of Athens coin. On its one side the owl of Athens, with an olive sprig was carved. On the reverse side of this ancient coin there is a portrait of the goddess Athena, patron of ancient Athens, in helmet.
Ancient Greek Periods & coins
the Archaic period (750 BC - 480 BC)
This period followed the Greek Dark Ages and ends with the invasion of Xerxes in Greece.
the Classical period (510 BC - 323 BC)
This is the period when culture, philosophy, architecture and politics were highly advanced, influencing the Roman and modern world
the Hellenistic period (323 BC - 146 BC)
This era begins from the death of Alexander the Great and ending with the final conquest of Greece by Romans.
Photo: This is a Silver Tetradrachm from Rhodes island. It depicts the head of Helios (Sun) and is dated after 350 BC
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The Ancient Greek Drachma
The name drachma is derived from the Greek verb δρασσoμαι (drassomai / "to grasp"). Initially one drachma was "a grasp" of six oboloi (meaning metal sticks) which was used as currency back in 1100 BC. Still in the period of drachma the term obol was used to describe a coin that had 1/6 of the value of a drachma.
The most famous and characteristic ancient Drachma is the one depicted in the photo above, the Athenian tetradrachmon ("four drachma") coin. This coin was widely used not only in Athens, but also all over the ancient Greece prior to the time of Alexander the Great.
On its one side the coins features the patron goddess of Athens, Athena wearing a helmet. On the reverse side the coin depicts an owl, symbol of wisdom, Athena and the city of Athens. Next to the owl there is an olive sprig. The olive tree, according to the myth, was the gift goddess Athena offered to the city before becoming its patron. Lastly there is an inscription next to the owl, "AθE" are the first three letters of the word "AθENAION", which means "of the Athenians".
[Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_drachma#Ancient_drachma ]
An ancient coin in the modern World?
Do you feel like you have seen the Athenian tetradrachmon before, while you are neither a collector nor you are familiar with ancient Greek history?
Well, this might be because the one side of the Athenian tetradrachmon coin with the owl, is depicted on the Greek 1 Euro coin. This was first issued in 2002 and you may find it today in Greece and other countries of Europe.
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