Greek coin dating

The tetradrachm was the most important denomination.

The widespread usage is the tangible proof of the commercial and political preeminence of the Athenian city-state.

With the owl and the olive branch on the national side of their 1 euro coin they underline their rich past, the historic importance of the Athenian city-state and last but not least the fact that Greece is the cradle of European coinage.

We don’t always realize that we carry around an awful lot of European history in our purse.

The series of Athenian coins comprised no less than 15, and indeed later 16, different denominations.

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Thanks to this quality this bird of prey acquired the reputation of being wise and became a symbol of wisdom.The olive branch soon obtained a sacred meaning, especially because idols were cut out of its wood.The sacred wood of Olympia was also an olive grove and branches out of this grove were given to the winners of the Games.Precisely in this capacity he accompanies the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena.The owl is not only represented on coins of Antique Greece or the euro area, the animal can also be found on many other European and non-European coins: amongst others the Greek 10 lepta (1912) and 2 drachma (1973), the Finnish 100 markka (1990), the Polish 500 zloty (1986), the Belarusian 1 rouble (2005), the Mongolian 1000 and 500 tugrik (2005), the 50 dollar coin of the Cook Islands (1993) and the New-Zealand 5 dollar coin (1999).

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