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Athenian Owl Coin Necklace
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COIN JEWELRY circa. 450 B.C.
The coins of ancient Athens depicting the goddess Athena, and an owl from the city's coat-of-arms, are among the world's first coinage. Around 450 B.C. Athens produced the silver tetradrachm and they became the most important means of exchange in the Greek world.
Athena, patron goddess of Athens, appeared on the obverse and her familiar bird on the reverse, inspiring the coin's popular name, "owl." The owls played an essential role in
Athens' rise to greatness. In the fifth century Athenian owls financed the cultural flowering under Pericles: the building of the Parthenon with its magnificent sculptures and the gathering of philosophers, and artists of every type. Few cities have contributed so much to human civilization in so short a time.
Athena Owl coinage display a frontal, almond-shaped eye and her lips are drawn back into a tight "archaic smile. These coins were struck by hand, and every coin is slightly different. The Athenian Owl is not only a coin, but an example of "classical" Greek art.
The coin has been custom mounted with an intricate gold bezel and the heavy construction chain is 18-Karat gold. This necklace is valued at $6,000.
Included with the necklace is a copy of "100 Greatest Ancient Coins, Second Edition" by Harlan J. Berk. (Pictured in the images).
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