Obverse: Head of Athena in profile, wearing round earrings and crested Attic helmet ornamented with spiral palmette and three stylized olive leaves, on the right. Reverse: Owl with large head standing to the right, crescent moon and olive sprig behind. Inscribed vertically to the right of the owl: "ΑΘΕ" [an abbreviation of ΑΘΕΝΑΙΟΝ, which means "of the Athenians."]


  • Title: Tetradrachm (Front)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 525–430 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 0.0172 kg (0.0379 lb.)
  • Type: Coin
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Silver
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 78.NB.302.1
  • Culture: Greek (Attic)
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Coins (Money)

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