Tetradrachm (Main View (Front))


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena, wearing a round earring, facing to the right in profile. Reverse: Owl standing to the right with its head turned frontally. To the left, an olive sprig. Inscribed to the right of the owl: ΑΘΕ [an abbreviation of ΑΘΕΝΑΙΩΝ or ATHENAION, "of the Athenians."] The owl is struck in high relief and framed on all four sides by the shape of the die. A test cut runs almost to the center of the coin.


  • Title: Tetradrachm (Main View (Front))
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 505–490 B.C.
  • Location Created: Athens, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 0.5 × 2.4 cm, 0.0169 kg (3/16 × 15/16 in., 0.0373 lb.)
  • Type: Coin
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Silver
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 79.NB.33
  • 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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