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This coin represent on one side the helmeted head of Athena, goddess guarding the city. The other side is stamped with her emblem, the owl, and three greek letters, alpha, theta and epsilon.
This coin, which was used in all the mediterranean basin, was a symbol of the power and imperialism of Athènes .
The tetradrachm was an Ancient Greek silver coin equivalent to four drachmae. In Athens it replaced the earlier "heraldic" type of didrachms and it was in wide circulation from ca. 510 to ca. 38 BC.
The tetradrachm's use as a currency was soon adopted by many other city-states of the ancient Greece, Asia Minor, Magna Grecia and other Greek colonial cities throughout the Mediterranean Sea. With the armies of Alexander the Great it spread to the Greek-influenced areas of present-day Iran and India.
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