Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009

Electrotype Replica of Tetradrachm: Head of Athena (obverse); Owl (reverse)

Electrotype Replica of Tetradrachm: Head of Athena (obverse); Owl (reverse)


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Silver-plated copper alloy (?)

Diameter: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)

Weight: 12.068 g (0.43 oz.)

Die axis: 12

Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.977


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This silver-plated replica weighs about 12 grams, nearly 30% less than a pure silver tetradrachm.


With a green tint betraying its copper content, this coin is an electrotype replica created more than a century ago. It precisely replicates the form of a 2nd-century BC original. Retaining the basic scheme of Athena and owl from earlier Athenian coinage, these “New Style” tetradrachms—as scholars call them—give the goddess a more naturalistic appearance and add an amphora, olive wreath, and magistrate names to the reverse.

See also
GR - Greek
Greek and Roman Art
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Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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