Attica (Athens) 460-290 BC

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CATALOG INFORMATION
ID Number: AC01-0205
Category: Ancient Coins
Description: Attica (Athens) 460-290 BC
Country or State: Attica
Year:  
Period: 460-290 BC
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Currency: Tetradrachm
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Obverse: Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet with three olive leaves over the visor and spiral palmette on the bowl.
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Reverse: Owl standing to right, head facing; behind, olive spray and crescent moon.
Reverse Legend: ΑΘΕ
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Edge: Irregular
Note: Attica, Athens. Silver Tetradrachm, c.440-404 B.C. This is the most recognized coin of ancient Greece, for it was produced by the most important city of Greece and was struck in great quantities, mainly from the 460s to the 290s B.C. The obverse shows the helmeted head of Athena, the patron deity of the city. The reverse shows the goddesses owl, flanked by the city name, an olive sprig and a crescent moon. These were extensively used in trade, and many suffer from deep chisel cuts or banker’s marks. The issue was also extensively copied in Asia Minor, Egypt and Arabia, where both the originals and the look-alikes were standard currency.
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Diameter: ~25.0 mm (irregular)
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Weight: 7.3 grams
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State of Conservation: Extremely Fine (XF)
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HISTORICAL NOTES

Attica is a historical region of Greece, containing Athens, the current capital of Greece. The historical region is centered on the Attic peninsula, which projects into the Aegean Sea. There is a modern administrative region of Greece, Attica region, which is more extensive than the historical region, and includes several islands, and part of the Peloponnese.

The history of Attica is tightly linked with that of Athens, which from the Classical period onwards, was one of the most important cities in the ancient world.

According to Plato, Attica's ancient boundaries were fixed by the Isthmus, and in the direction of the continent they extended as far as the heights of Cithaeron and Parnes. The boundary line came down in the direction of the sea, having the district of Oropus on the right, and with the river Asopus as the limit on the left.