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|Collection:||Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins|
|Date:||400 BC - 300 BC|
The tetradrachms (4 drachma pieces) of ancient Athens were minted in large numbers after silver mines were discovered in Athenian territory. They were known as 'owls', from the sacred bird of the goddess Athena that appears on the coin's reverse. On the obverse is a bust of the goddess herself.
|Transferred by the Trustees of the Wellcome Trust in accordance with an order of Mr Justice Foster, dated 21 March 1977.|