Athenian Silver Tetradrachm Gold Swivel Pendant

£ 2,250.00

An extremely fine Athenian Silver Tetradrachm coin set in an elegant, modern 18ct gold frame, with an attached swivel featuring a loop at the top for suspension. The frame displays a London hallmark, hand crafted by a Hatton garden jeweller. The swivel, featuring twisted wire decorations, allows the wearer of the pendant to show the desired face of the coin. The coin’s obverse depicts the profile head of Athena facing right, wearing a crested Attic helmet ornamented with three laurel leaves and vine scroll. The reverse displays an owl standing and facing right with his body, face frontal, with the inscription in Ancient Greek letters ΑΘΕ on its right. An olive spring and crescent moon behind to the left, all within an incuse square. A wonderful piece for everyday wear. Weight: 25.2 g.

Date: Modern setting, with a 5th Century BC coin.
Condition: Extremely fine, the coin has been polished and reveals high level details.


Product Code: GS-78
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The Greek drachma (Eλληνική δραχμή) was the name given to the currency of Ancient Greece. It takes its name from the drachma, the ancient unit of measurement used in many Greek city-states and in many Middle Eastern kingdoms of the Hellenistic period.

The inscription in Ancient Greek letters ΑΘΕ is an abbreviation of the word ΑΘΗΝΑΙΩΝ, which can be translated as “of the Athenians”. In everyday use this type of coins was called glaukes, γλαῦκες, meaning owls. This silver coin was first issued in 479 BC in Athens after the Persians were defeated by the Greeks at the battle of Plataea, putting an end to the Second Persian Invasion. Scholars are still debating about the origin of the association of the owl with the goddess Athena, and therefore the city. Some say it might be because some characteristics of owls—such as their ability to see in the dark, could be interpreted as a symbol of wisdom, hence linking them to the goddess. Others say that it’s simply because the region where Athens was founded had a significant number of little owls. In any case, the city adopted the owl as proof of allegiance to its patron goddess.

Dimensions W 3.8 x H 4 cm

Southern Europe


Gold, Silver

Greek Mythology