Ancient Greek Coin Pendant with the Greek Goddess ‘Athena’
This unique pendant is handmade in Greece and represents one of the first ancient Greek coins minted between 510-550BC for the city of Athens. It features the greek Goddess Athena on one side and an owl on the other. The pendant is made of sterling silver with a 24K gold vermeil border and bail. It hangs on a 24K gold Vermeil Spiga chain.
Width: 3/4” or 2 cm
Total Length: 1 1/8” or 22mm
Gold vermeil is .925 sterling silver plated with 24K gold.
Gold Vermeil Chain length: 17.5”/45cm
About the Ancient Greek coin of Athena:
As the patron Greek goddess of Athens, it is only natural to see the head of Athena depicted on the first ancient coins of the city. On the reverse side was displayed her symbol or mascot, the owl accompanied by the initials "ATH" and the olive branch. According to the mythology, Athena at times also took the form of an owl. The owl then as today was a symbol of wisdom.
The Greek Goddess Athena;
Athena was Zeus' favorite daughter. She was beautiful, brave and very wise. She was highly esteemed by the Greeks for she personified the most important ideals of the ancient Greek spirit, prudence and bravery. She was the goddess of wisdom, protector of cities who ensured a peaceful life for its citizens. She was also the the goddess of war and power, the one who would greatly contribute to final victories in the battlefield. She is often represented as triumphant with a small figure of Nike (Victory) in hand.
Made in Athens, Greece by Rosana