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SOLD #7408 Owl and Athena Tetradrachm Pendant;  Please Explore Our Greek Pendants For Similar Items.
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SOLD #7408 Owl and Athena Tetradrachm Pendant; Please Explore Our Greek Pendants For Similar Items.

$2,650.00


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  • Obverse: Owl
  • Reverse: Athena
  • Date: 454 - 404 BC, Grade: Very Fine
  • Mint: Athens, Greece
  • Silver Tetradrachm Coin in 14k White Gold Pendant with .1ct Diamonds and .30ct Rubies
  • Framed Coin Size: 27mm Diameter, Weight 27g

Description:
This coin was hand struck in Athens during its golden age and peak of power in the ancient Greek world. A center for the arts, learning and philosophy, Athens was the cradle of western civilization and the birthplace of democracy in 508 BC. In Greek mythology, Athena (shown helmeted on the reverse) was the favorite child of Zeus and was born full-grown and armored from his forehead. Athena became the goddess of wisdom, peace, warfare, strategy, handicrafts and reason. She was a patron of the agricultural arts and of the crafts of women, especially spinning and weaving. Athena’s gifts to man were the inventions of the plow and the flute, the arts of taming animals, building ships along with making shoes. She was associated with birds and often appears attended by her wise owl depicted here with an olive sprig and the letters AOE meaning “of the Athenians”. Athena was known to be a shrewd companion of heroes and was also the goddess of heroic endeavor. An armed warrior goddess, Athena appears in Greek mythology as a helper of many heroes, including Odysseus, Jason, and Heracles. In Classical Greek myths she never consorts with a lover, earning the title Athena Parthenos ("Athena the virgin"), hence the name of her most famous temple, the Parthenon, on the Acropolis in Athens.