Museums Home BMAGiC Home Search Browse BMAGiC Help About BMAGiC Contact Us

Coin - Greek Athenian Attic Owl Tetradrachm

View main imageView larger image
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Additional Images

Click on each image below to view at full size:
View image 2 

Basic Information

Accession Number:1981C50
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.

Further Information

Production Period:4th Century BC
Place of Origin:Athens, Greece

Associated People

Associated Places


Diameter:21 mm