The Greek philosopher, Plato noted similarities between the Greek goddess Athena and the Libyan deity, Neith, who is said to have been born beside Libya's Triton River. Neth was adopted by Egyptians as the war-goddess and huntress deity.
Whatever her origins, by the late fifth century, the goddess Athena place in Classical Greece was assured.
Athena, is known as the Greek goddess of wisdom, household arts and crafts, spinning and weaving, textiles, and inventor of the flute, and the chariot.
Athena, a goddess of war strategy, was the guardian of Athens, and defender of heroes, champion of justice and civil law.
By 550 BCE, the practice of striking and using coins was established throughout important trading centers of Greece.
These double side replicas represent excellent examples of the Classical Period of Greek art:
* The first portrait is an early example of Athena from Attica, Greece - City-State of Athens (Athena, patron and protector of Athens). This is a Tetradrachm of Athens from 449 to 413 BCE.
* The second portrait is a late example of the Classical Period from the Greek colony of Luciana, Italy – a Didrachm of the town of Herakleia 370 to 281 BCE
* The third portrait of Athena is one of the finest examples of art in the Classical Period. This coin was struck in the Greek colony of Syracuse, Sicily – a silver Tetradrachm by the artist Leonidas (413 to 405 BCE)
* The fourth portrait is a later Classical Period of Illyra and Central Greece – City-State of Corinth – a Corinthian Stater (400 to 350 B.C.)
This Historical Replica Set includes four (4) double-sided Museum-Quality Replica coins! These coins are replicas and made of lead free pewter. Each coin is marked "COPY" on the reverse as required by the Hobby Protection Act. Made in the USA. Comes attached to an 5" x 7" Informational Card.
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