Thursday, 7 March 2019

New Style Athens Tetradrachm

Athens was once immensely powerful and independent. It was conquered first by Sparta, then by Macedonia, and eventually by Rome. Athens was allowed to remain a wealthy city and cradle of culture but was no longer a discrete power, except for the Tetradrachm.

The mintage of the “new style” tetradrachms began in 164 BCE and continued until Sulla’s capture of Athens in 86 BCE, after which the coins were produced far less frequently until ultimately stopping around 40 BCE.
Athens remained a center of influence during its 500 years under Roman rule. Unfortunately, much of Athens was destroyed after being sacked by the Germanic “Heruli” tribe in 267 CE, and this marked the end of Athens.