Ancient Athens Greece Coins for Sale: Athena and the Athenian Owl

"Old Style" silver tetradrachms minted in Athens, ancient Greece, between 449 and 404 BC.
These coins funded the building of the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, as well as funding the Peloponnesian War (431 - 404 BC) between Athens and Sparta.

In ancient Greece, when a coin was first spent, a test-cut was often made into the coin to verify that it was solid silver and not a silver-washed forgery. Fortunately, this doesn't detract much from the beauty of these coins. Athenian silver tetradrachms are thought to be one of the most beautiful and collectible coins ever made. These are extraordinary, especially for this price, and are sure to sell out fast!



Attica. Athens, c. 454-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ, olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. Small banker's-mark and ancient grafitti to rt. ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. Good VF, a couple light scratches. 25 mm, 16.61 g. ex-Austrian private collection. Gorgeous! #CG2045: $1250

Attica. Athens, c. 454-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ, olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. Small ancient test-cut over owl's eye. ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. Good VF, excellent detail, nicely centered. Great light gray tone with light earthen deposits. 24 mm, 17.19 g. #CG2065: $1500

Attica, Athens. Large "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC.
Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus; forepart of horses rt. / Owl standing right on prostate amphora inscribed I, head facing ATE; Greek legend on either side. Two standing figures to right, SW below, monograms in fields. Ref: Sear 2556/59v, Thompson 871a. Set in custom sterling silver bezel. Big 30 mm dia. #CG2073: $599
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Attica. Athens, c. 449-413 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. Bankers' test-cuts around owl and under neck. ref: Sear 2526. 24x22 mm, 17.10 g. Ex-Pegasi Numismatics. #21379: $875


Attica. Athens, c. 454-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ, olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. ref: Sear 2526. 22x24 mm, 17.02 g. ex-British private collection. Outstanding grey cabinet patina, small test marks on cheek otherwise EF near-perfect condition! #CG2072: $1500

Attica. Athens, c. 400-353 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ, olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. ref: Kroll 19; SNG Copenhagen 68–9. Near VF, toned. Gorgeous detail! 22 mm, 16.95 g. ex-CNG. #CG2046: $950 SOLD


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Attica. Athens, 449-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Helmeted head of Athena r. with frontal eye / owl standing rt, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square.A nicely centered example with classic style! Nice dark cabinet tone. 16.4 g. 23 mm. Athens #1215: $625 SOLD
Attica. Athens, 449-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Helmeted head of Athena r. with frontal eye / owl standing rt, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. Nicely centered with great detail. Shiny surfaces, no test cut on obverse but one on reverse. 23 mm, 17.2 g. Athens #638: $325 SOLD

Attica. Athens, 454-415 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Helmeted head of Athena r. with frontal eye / owl standing rt, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. 16.82g. Test cut. Starr pl. 22-23. Fine+ with obv. and rev. test cuts. Beautiful! #athens45-2: $699 SOLD

Athens, Attica, ancient Greece. Silver tetradrachm struck 393-300 BC. Helmeted head of Athena rt. / owl standing rt, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. Magnificent piece, virtually complete in all detail. Thick and heavy with very sharp details. Small banker's mark on Athena's cheek, small wedge-shaped and square test cuts on reverse. Very good metal, nice light cabinet patina. 20 mm, 16.99 grams! ref: sear2537. Ex-Frank S Robinson collection. #0336: $699
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Attica. Athens, 454-404 BC. EXCELLENT silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Helmeted head of Athena right / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. Nice dark cabinet tone. ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. Grades near-EF, small scuff on cheek but with NO TEST CUTS! 24 mm, 17.17 g. #4924: $1150
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Attica, Athens. Circa 454-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, weating crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. 23 mm, 17.07 g. ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. VF, lightly toned. No countermarks or test cuts! A great example. Ex-Classical Numismatic Galleries (CNG). #cng2630079: $1175 SOLD

Attica. Athens, 454-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves. Countermark on cheek./ Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. 21 mm, 17.16 grams and extremely thick! ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. 24 mm, 17.11 g. Good VF, lightly toned. Ex-Classical Numismatic Galleries. #2640043: $1400 SOLD

Attica. Athens, c. 454-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. 22 mm, 16.70 g. ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. VF, light scratch on Athena’s cheek, punch between eagle’s legs. Gorgeous! #286056: $1299
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Attica. Athens, c. 454-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. Two bankers' test-cuts on back. 24mm, 17.51 g. ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. Near VF, some light scratches and encrustation, great character! #cng280030: $1150 SOLD

Attica. Athens, 400-353 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves. Countermark on cheek./ Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. 22 mm, 16.83 g. ref: Kroll 15; Svoronos, Monnaies, pl. 19, 13-15 and 17-22. Near VF, toned, tiny deposits, banker's mark and ancient graffito in field on reverse. Ex-Classical Numismatic Galleries. #CG2030: $850 SOLD

Attica, Athens, ancient Greece. 449-413 BC. Rare silver drachm. Helmeted head of Athena right / Owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig behind; all within shallow incuse square, ΑΘΕ(NS). ref: Dewing 1601, BMC 74, SNGCop 42, sear 2527. 15 mm, 4.24 g. Coin is ex-Stacks Coin Galleries, with Stacks tag from Feb 20, 2981. A rare denomination! #CG2029: $975 SOLD

Attica. Athens, 430-415 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves. Countermark on cheek / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. 21 mm, 17.16 grams and extremely thick! ref: Starr Athenian Coinage pl. XXIII, 12; Svoronos pl. 19,9; Sear 2526. Shallow test cut on rim, otherwise perfect! Bright silver tone. Ex-Touma Dabbah Collection. #19169: $750
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Silver "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC.
Attica, Athens. Large "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus; forepart of horses rt. / Owl standing right on prostate amphora inscribed I, head facing ATE; Greek legend on either side. Two standing figures to right, ME below, monograms in fields. Reference: Sear 2556/2559 var, Thompson 871a. 29 mm, 16.13 g. Fantastic, bright tone with great detail! #8144: $399 SOLD

Silver "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC.
Attica, Athens. Large "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus; forepart of horses rt. / Owl standing right on prostate amphora inscribed I, head facing ATE; Greek legend on either side. Two standing figures to right, ME below, monograms in fields. Reference: Sear 2556/2559 var, Thompson 871a. 29 mm, 16.4 g. Nice cabinet tone! #GV0626: $450 SOLD


Attica, Athens AR "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus; forepart of horses rt. / Owl standing right on prostate amphora inscribed I, head facing, ΑΘΕ; Greek legend on either side. Two standing figures to right, monograms in fields. Reference: Sear 2556/2559 var, Thompson 871a. 29 mm, 16.1 g. Nice cabinet tone! #GV0669: $425 SOLD



Athens, ancient Greece. Silver tetradrachm struck 393-300 BC. Set in a stunning gold bezel! Coin: Helmeted head of Athena rt. / owl standing rt, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. No banker's marks or test cuts! A gem of a coin, a breathtaking piece of jewelry! #3237x2: $850
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Huge silver "New Style" Tetradrachm struck 186-86 BC. Attica, Athens. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus / Owl standing right on prostate amphora, head facing, ΑΘΕ; Greek legend on either side. Two standing figures (the Dioscuroi) to right, monograms in fields. Ref: Sear 2556/2559 var, Thompson 871a. 29 mm, 16.58 g. Nice cabinet tone! Fantastic piece with sharp detail. #16422: $575 SOLD

Silver "New Style" Tetradrachm struck 186-86 BC. Attica, Athens. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus / Owl standing right on amphora, head facing, ΑΘΕ(NS); Greek legend on either side. Eagle standing upon thunder-bolt to left, monograms in fields. 27 mm, 16.33 g. ref: SNGCop 233 v. Great cabinet tone! #16435: SOLD

Attica. Athens, c. 454-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. 23mm, 17.22 g. ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. Good VF, lightly toned. #cng272107: $1299 SOLD

Attica. Athens, c. 449-413 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. Bankers' test-cuts on obverse. Bright, shiny tone with some darker areas on the reverse, very difficult to photograph. 23 mm, 17.06 g. ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. #2601: $750
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Attica. Athens, 454-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves. Countermark on cheek./ Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. 24 mm, 17.06 grams and extremely thick! Good VF, lightly toned, uncertain ancient graffiti in right field of reverse! Ex-Classical Numismatic Galleries. #CG2005: $1299 SOLD

Attica. Athens, c. 454-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ, olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. Good VF, a couple very light scratches. 24 mm, 17.05 g. ex-Classical Numismatic Group. #CG2043: $1250 SOLD

Attica. Athens, c. 454-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm set in a custom 18-karat gold bezel. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ, olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. 25 mm (1") diameter, weighs 21.43 grams! Gorgeous! SAYK. #JN2023: SOLD

Silver "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC. Sharp!
Attica, Athens. Large "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus; forepart of horses rt. / Owl standing right on prostate amphora inscribed I, head facing ATE; Greek legend on either side. Eagle standing upon thunder-bolt to left, monograms in fields. 29 mm, 16.1 g. Fantastic piece, with very nice detai! #newst151: $425 SOLD

Attica, Athens. Large "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus; forepart of horses rt. / Owl standing right on prostate amphora inscribed I, head facing, ΑΘΕ; Greek legend on either side. Two standing figures to right, ME below, monograms in fields. 31 mm diameter! #7557x2: $550 SOLD


Silver "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC. Sharp!
Attica, Athens. Large silver tetradrachm struck 100-99 BC. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus / Owl standing right on amphora, head facing ΑΘΕ(NS); Greek legend on either side. Eagle standing upon thunder-bolt to left, monograms in fields. 29 mm, 16.16 g. Fantastic piece, with extremely nice detai! #19925: $475 SOLD



Attica. Athens, 430-415 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, weating crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves. Countermark on cheek./ Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. 24 mm, 17.07 g. ref: Starr Athenian Coinage pl. XXIII, 12; Svoronos pl. 19,9; Sear 2526. Shallow test cut on rim, otherwise perfect! Bright silver tone. Comes with large signed COA by David Sear, ACCS. Nicer in hand! #45967: $975
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Attica. Athens, 454-404 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Helmeted head of Athena right / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. Nice dark cabinet tone. ref: Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31. Grades VF, standard test cut on reverse.16.4 g. 23 mm. Ex-Classical Numismatic Galleries. #cng093: SOLD



Attica. Athens, 449-415 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves / Owl standing right, ΑΘΕ(NS), olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. Banker's mark on rt. 20x24 mm, 17.01 grams. Excellent detail, lovely cabinet tone with nice highlights. An outstanding specimen! #11DS956: $1400 SOLD

Attica. Athens, c. 449-413 BC. Silver "old-style" tetradrachm. Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves, palmette and spiral, hair drawn across forehead in p53583: $arallel curves / Owl standing right, ATHE, olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. ref: Sear 2526. 23x25 mm, 17.07 grams. EF! Certified by David Sear. #53583: $1500 SOLD

Silver "New Style" Tetradrachm struck 186-86 BC. Attica, Athens. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus / Owl standing right on amphora, head facing, ΑΘΕ(NS); Greek legend on either side. Eagle standing upon thunder-bolt to left, monograms in fields. ref: SNGCop 233 v. Nice cabinet tone. 30 mm, 16.18 g. #CG2027: $475 SOLD

Silver "New Style" Tetradrachm struck 186-86 BC. Attica, Athens. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus / Owl standing right on amphora, head facing, ΑΘΕ(NS); Greek legend on either side. Eagle standing upon thunder-bolt to left, monograms in fields. ref: SNGCop 233 v. Great detail! 30 mm, 16.20 g. #CG2028: $499 SOLD

Silver "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC.
Attica, Athens. Large "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus; forepart of horses rt. / Owl standing right on prostate amphora inscribed I, head facing ATE; Greek legend on either side. Two standing figures to right, ME below, monograms in fields. Reference: Sear 2556/2559 v, Thompson 871a. 30 mm, 16.42 g. Gorgeous coin! Great detail #CG2024: $499 SOLD

Silver "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC.
Attica, Athens. Large "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus; forepart of horses rt. / Owl standing right on prostate amphora inscribed I, head facing ATE; Greek legend on either side. Two standing figures to right, ME below, monograms in fields. Reference: Sear 2556/2559 v, Thompson 871a. 29 mm, 16.65 g. Fantastic, bright tone with great detail! #CG2002: $475 SOLD

Silver "New Style" Tetradrachm struck 186-86 BC. Attica, Athens. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus / Owl standing right on amphora, head facing, ΑΘΕ(NS); Greek legend on either side. Eagle standing upon thunder-bolt to left, monograms in fields. ref: SNGCop 233 v. Sharp detail! 29 mm, 16.48 g. #CG2025: $499 SOLD



Silver "New Style" Tetradrachm struck 186-86 BC. Attica, Athens. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus / Owl standing right on amphora, head facing, ΑΘΕ(NS); Greek legend on either side. Eagle standing upon thunder-bolt to left, monograms in fields. ref: SNGCop 233 v. Dark tone with nice highlights. 30 mm, 16.02 g. #34954: $399 SOLD

Silver "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC.
Attica, Athens. Large "New Style" Tetradrachm of 100-99 BC. Set in custom sterling silver bezel. Head of Athena right in triple crested helmet ornamented with Pegasus; forepart of horses rt. / Owl standing right on prostate amphora inscribed I, head facing ATE; Greek legend on either side. Two standing figures to right, ME below, monograms in fields. Reference: Sear 2556/2559 v, Thompson 871a. 31 mm dia. #JN2016x2: $650 SOLD