The coins of ancient greece

The theme of this gallery is an assortment ancient greek coins that were used as the primary currency throughout the BC years. All of these coins are special to the town or city from which they derive as they all have a different symbol or etching design show in which city or town they are used in. These coin designs vary in color and some have gods on them to symbolize what city it comes from.

This is a Abdera, octadrachm. This coin hails from a region know as Thrace which is now apart of present day Turkey. It is made of silver and has a picture of a winged griffin seated on the top side of the coin. On the back of the coin there is a 4 separated incuse squares
This coin is a drachm that is from the year 313 BC. The coin come from the Ancient city of Karystos which is from the region of Euboea. On the coin there is picture of Hercules in a lions headress and on the back of it there is an imprint of a bull with a trident above it and a club below it.
This is a stater from present day Thebes. Thebes is a city in the Boeotia region of Greece. This coin is a made from silver and on the back of it there is a picture of the ancient greek hero Hercules running naked carrying the Delphic tripod. The front of this coin has the seal of Boeotia on it.
This coin is a tetradrachm from the ancient greek city of Scione in the Pallene region, which is now the present day city, Nea Skioni. On the front of this coin there is a picture of the hero Protesilaos with his helmet on.The back of the coin has the letter S-K-I-O in the 4 corners.
This is a stater coin from Macedonia. The thraco-macedonian tribes all had different coins belonging to each individual one of them. This one is silver with a frontside picture that shows a naked satyr chasing a fleeing nymph. The picture shows the satyr grasping the nymphs arm and caressing her face. The back of the coin are 4 incuse. squares
This is a tetradrachm coin from the ancient city of Epirus. The coins name is derived from the king at the current time whos name was, Pyrrus. The tetradrachm shows Dodonean Zeus, whose sanctuary was at Dodona in Epirus. Epirus achieved fame during the reign of Pyrrhus. On the coin, Dodonean Zeus faces left, wearing oak wreath. On the back of the coin, Dione seated left, holding staff in right hand and lifting her veil with her left
The athenian tetradrachm hails from the ancient city of Athens. The city of Athens is still present to this day and is know for its ancient history. The city of Athens got its name from the devout followers of the goddess Athena. This coin is made up pure silver. On the face of the coin is a picture of Athena and on the back is is the symbol closely associated with Athena, the Owl of Wisdom.
The Korinth stater was the currency for the ancient city of Korinth which was part of the Peloponnese region of greece. This coin is made of pure silver and was minted in Korinth. on the front side of the coin there is a picture of a pegasos with curled wings with a symbol faintly visable underneath. On the back there are 4 incuse squares.
During the last parth of the 5th century BC a small loose federation was formed in Acarnania. The Acarnanians had their coins minted in the city of Stratos due to geographical reasons. "After the fall of the Epeirote monarchy the Koinon of the Acarnanians was reorganized and acquired the island of Leukas, which became the new capital and mint of the federation" (Numismatic Museum) On the front face of the coin there is a picture of river- god Achelous and on the back there is a picture of the greek goddess Artemis carrying torches.
This last coin comes from the Boeotian League or, the Boeotian Confederacy. The Boeotian league was one of the first, developed as an alliance of sovereign states in Boeotia. On the front of this coin we have a picture of the head of Persephone (daughter of the greek goddess Demeter) and on the back we have the greek god Poseidon holding a trident and a dolphin.
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