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Helmeted Head of Athena


Ancient Greek Coin

Coin dates between the mid-late 5th Century B.C.

Helmeted Head of Athena on the obverse

Head of horse on the reverse

Silver Coin set in Sterling Silver

Measurements: 1.25"x.75"


Athena was revered by the people of ancient Greece.  According to Greek mythology, she was born full-grown and armored from the forehead of the king of gods, Zeus, and was his favorite child.  Athena became the goddess of wisdom, peace, warfare, strategy, handicrafts, and reason.  She was the patron of the agricultural arts and of the crafts of women, especially spinning and weaving.  Among her gifts to man were the inventions of the plow and the flute, the art of taming animals, building ships, and making shoes.  She was known to be a shrewd companion of heroes and was also the goddess of heroic endeavor.  With this coin, there is a good, fine, and toned countermark in front of Athena's nose, which indicates that the currency was reformed.  Coins already in ciculation could be marked with the new value or countermark according to the new currency sytem, thus extending the lifespan of the coin in terms of circulation.