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  • Greece (2002 » 2017)
  • ISSUE DATE : 01-01-2002
  • DESIGNER : Georges Stamatopoulos
  • DIAMETER : 25,75mm
  • WEIGHT : 8,5 grams
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Owl, symbol of goddess Athena

Edited by tiko165
02-09-2016 the 18:58

The owl, symbol of goddess Athena, as it was depicted on an ancient Greek tetradrachm (5th century b.C.).

Athena was patron of the crafts, wisdom and battle. She became the patron goddess of the city of Athens, in a competition with Poseidon. They agreed that each would give the Athenians one gift and the Athenians would choose whichever gift they preferred.



Poseidon struck the ground with his trident and a spring sprung up; the water was salty and not very useful, whereas Athena offered them an olive tree. The Athenians accepted the olive tree and along with it Athena as their patron, for the olive tree brought wood, oil and food



Issued coins

2002: 61.500.000 2003: 11.700.000 2004: 9.970.000 2005: 10.000.000 2006: 10.000.000 2007: 24.192.900 2008: 4.026.726 2009: 18.000.000 2010: 11.000.000 2011: 1.000.000 2012: Wallet 2013: Wallet 2014: Wallet 2015: No data 2016: No data 2017: No data