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Owl of Wisdom Handcrafted Silver Versatile Jewel-Brooch/Pendant with Decorative Border-Athens Tetradrachm-Ancient Greece

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Owl of Wisdom Handcrafted Silver Versatile Jewel-Brooch/Pendant with Decorative Border-Athens Tetradrachm-Ancient Greece
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Condition: New, Handmade in Greece
Material: Sterling Silver 925
Diameter Size: 37 mm
Weight: 17 g
This pendant is without the chain
About 479 BCE the Athenians began minting the silver tetradrachm during the rebuilding of Athens after they defeated the Achaemenid Army of Xerxes I during the Second Persian invasion of Greece.
The obverse of the pendant depicts the owl of Athena with the inscription AΘE, an abbreviation of AΘΗNAΙΩΝ (the Athenians). In daily use, Athenian drachmas were called glaukes (γλαυκες, owls). The owl has traditionally been associated with wisdom because of its ability to see in the dark, where others may not be able to see.
The reverse of the pendant depicts the helmeted head of Athena in the right profile. The goddess patron and protector of Athens, who was associated with wisdom, handicraft, and warfare. She is wearing a crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves above the visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl. Her hair sweeps across her forehead in two loops of parallel strands and is visible beneath the helmet's neck guard. She has an archaic smile and a frontal almond-shaped eye.
The Athenian tetradrachm was the first successful international coin. They were minted from 510 BCE until at least 42 BCE when the Romans stopped minting the Athenian coins and replaced them for their denarii.
This versatile piece can be worn as a brooch or teamed with a chain to become a pendant. It is made in Greece, with a diameter of 37mm, and weighs approximately 17 g. (2045)
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