Greek coin dating
Laurel wreaths and wreaths woven of olive branches were offered to victors and triumphators on different occasions.
On the antique coins we also recognize the first three letters of the word Athens.
With the owl and the olive branch on the national side of their 1 euro coin they underline their rich past, the historic importance of the Athenian city-state and last but not least the fact that Greece is the cradle of European coinage.
We don’t always realize that we carry around an awful lot of European history in our purse.
The Museum of the NBB shows in its showcases in room 4 two marvellous Athenean tetradrachms (equal 4 drachms) of the 5th century BC as well as the Greek 1 euro coin, issued for the first time in 2002.
Nowadays this theory is contested because there is no absolute certainty whether the Attic city state or the noble families themselves issued these coins.Another attribute of the goddess Athena, an olive branch, is represented in the top left-hand corner.According to Greek mythology Athena planted an olive branch on the Acropolis during her contest with Poseidon, the sea god, for the suzerainity of Attica.The owl and the olive branch that decorate the modern Greek euro were already present on the obverse of the Athenean drachma, it’s subdivisons and multiples.These silver coins were struck for the first time about 500 BC.