An image illustrating what constituted a handful of "six Obols later constituting a Drachma.
The history of Greek coinage was divided into four periods – the “Archaic”, the “Classical”, the “Hellenistic” and the “Roman”.
A silver Drachma of Aegina (404-340 BC) (minted to the Aeginetan weight standard of 6.1gms). On the Obverse is shows a land tortoise and on the Reverse is an inscription which looks something like this “AIF” (meaning “of the Aeginetans”, “Aegena” and a dolphin) and a dolphin.
A Syracusan Tetradrachm coin (415-405 BC). The Obverse shows the head of the nymph Arethusa surrounded by four dolphins and a rudder, while the Reverse shows a racing quadriga, its charioteer crowned by the goddess Victory who is in flight. (In the later Roman coins, a similar image of the Goddess Victory was called Nike).
A Tetradrachm of Athens (5th century BC). The Obverse shows a helmeted bust of the patron goddess of the city Athena.
On the Reverse the Tetradrachm shows the owl symbol of Athens, an olive sprig and the inscription “AOE” (meaning “AOENAION” or “of the Athenians”).
The gold 20 Stater coin of Eucratides I, which was the finest and largest of gold coins minted in the Ancient world.
Image of a Corinthian Stater with Pegasus on one face and Bellerophon on the other face.
Image of a silver Drachma of Rhodes showing the radiate head of Helios (Sun) on the obverse and a rose on the reverse.
A bronze coin of Cibyra, on the reverse represented by a veiled goddess holding fruits in her hands, celebrating an alliance with Hierapolis, represented by a seated Zeus holding an eagle and a sceptre in his hands and on the obverse having a draped bust of Faustina II, Regina (Queen).
A silver provincial coin issued in Antioch, Syria (minted between 177 -180 AD). The Obverse depicts a laureate-headed portrait of Commodus wearing paludamentum, while the Reverse depicts an eagle standing on a thunderbolt, with spread wings, a star between the legs and a ram’s head in exergue.
1) Coinage of Greece (Part II): Some popular coins of Greek antiquity
2) Ancient Greek Olympic Games on Coins of Antiquity
3) Modern coins of Greece: Drachmas & Leptas; Commemorative Coins link back to Greek antiquity
4) Modern coins of Greece: Euro & Commemorative Coins.