Athena Tetradrachm originally minted 431-413 BC and depicting the wise owl.
The inscription reads ΑΘΕ, a monogram attributed to the goddess Athena (ΑΘΗΝΑ), the virgin goddess of wisdom, who was also the protectress of the city of Athens. Head of Athena right, wearing round earring and crested Attic helmet ornamented with three olive leaves above visor and spiral palmette on bowl. Almond shaped almond eye as in archaic depictions of the goddess.
Above with matching ring Owl of Wisdom ring #185 (not included)
The symbolism of Athena's Owl
The all knowing, never sleeping wise owl, inspired this progress and thereon became the embodiment of the creative wisdom of man, able to generate civilization in physical and spiritual realms. In tribute, it was depicted on various denominations of the tetradrachm in the 5th Century BC to reach every part of the known world and spread its important meaning. Today, more than 2 millenia later, this owl still has it's honorary place on the Greek 1 Euro coin.
|Gender||For Him or Her|
|Depiction||Athena & Wise Owl|
|Historic Period||Era: Classical|
|Material||Solid Sterling Silver|
|Length (top to bottom including bails or hooks)||31 mm (1 and 7/32in)|
|Diameter (excluding bails)||22 mm (55⁄64in)|