Whom gave Athens its name and whom, to get revenge on her sister, Aphrodite, helped lead the Achaeans to victory in Homer's Illiad. Here we see our action heroine at rest: Lysimachos Pella,305-281 BC. Tetradrachm AR 27mm., 15,95g. Head of the deified Alexander the Great to right, wearing diadem with fluttering ends and with the horn of Ammon around his ear / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ, Athena, wearing robes and helmet, seated to left on throne, holding Nike on her right hand and resting her left elbow on large round shield adorned with a gorgoneion; to left monogram. very fine. Thompson 253; Müller 471. From The Illiad' "Athena flung her richly embroidered vesture, made with her own hands… donned the shirt of Jove, arming herself for battle... She threw her tasseled aegis about her shoulders… On her head she set her helmet of gold, with four plumes, and coming to a peak both in front and behind - decked with the emblems of a hundred cities; then she stepped into her flaming chariot and grasped the spear…'' Yeah, she was a bad B! Even if the die cutters hammer wasn't always steady, Athena's spear was! My archaic Athena: Mysia. Lampsakos circa 500-450 BC. Obol AR 7mm., 0,77g. Female janiform head / Helmeted head of Athena left within incuse square very fine. SNG BnF 1128-31. But does everyone remember how she was born? As you may recall, unlike that big bootied thirsty for Ares' war wand (much to Hephaestus chagrin in the odyssey when he catches them in flagrante delicto), sister of hers, Aphrodite, Athena was the warrior to be pierced by nigh a man's spear and so was a virgin. But she was not to be any virgin. She was THE virgin that wasn't even born from a woman (at least she didn't enter the world from a woman)! For her daddy, Zeus, was told that, just like he had done, one day HIS son would take his throne and power. To avoid this Zeus, after having hurled his mighty massive thunderbolt (she says it was more like a light shower) at Metis in bed, turned her into a fly and ate her (I recommend doing the eating before hand) This way she could never give birth to the son who would sow his destruction. While pregnant and trapped inside Zeus, Metis forged Athena's helmet and robe. Zeus being in constant agony from that infernal/internal racket, either had Hephaestus clove open his head with axe or hit it with a hammer. Thus releasing a fully grown warrior. Who, thanks to mom, was already dressed and ready for battle! (It's a girl!) Despite the massive headache she gave him, Athena was always known as Zeus's favorite daughter (My wife says this is how all girls are brought into the world. Thankfully she gave me three boys. So we named them strike one, strike two and strike three!) She has so many coin types Here are some more of mine... Winner of ugliest Athena tet award goes to (purchased before the flood)... ATTICA, Athens. After 393 BC. AR Tetradrachm (19 MM 16.67 gm). Helmeted head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl / AQE, owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all in an incuse square. SNG Copenhagen 63; BMC Attica pg. 13, 129; Svoronos, Athenes pl. 20, 1. Previous: Savoca Coins My haunted Athena is always fun to chat with... until she drinks up all my absinthe: Antiochos I Soter Seleukid Kingdom (281-261 BC). AE (15mm, 2.49g). Smyrna or Sardes. Helmeted head of Athena facing / BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ. Nike standing left, holding wreath and palm frond, Monogram to outer left. SC 315a; HGC 9, 167. Former: Kairos My classical Lampsakos Athena. A very different style then my above archaic): Mysia, Lampsakos circa 390-330 BC. AR Diobol (11mm, 1.22g). Janiform female head, with circular earring / ΛΑΜ, helmeted head of Athena right . very fine SNG von Aulock 1295; Gaebler, "Die Silberprägung von Lampsakos", Nomisma XII, 52; SNG France 5, 1193. Former Kairos Numismatik Don't you worry. She even graces Macedonian(ish) shield coins Pamphylia, Aspendos or Pisidia Selge Ae (2nd-1st century BC). Obv: Round shield with monogram ΠΘ or ΠO. Rev: Athena wearing crested Athenian helmet Condition: Very fine. Weight: 1.89 g. Diameter: 14 mm. Ref: BM Lycia p. 262 no. 55 and Numismata Graeca #850 Ex Savoca And lastly, a coin that could've been used to clove open Zeus's head! ROMAN REPUBLIC. Anonymous. AE Aes Grave Triens (92.37 gms), Rome Mint, ca. 225-217 B.C. VERY FINE. Cr-35/3a; TV-53. Obverse: Helmeted head of Minerva left; four pellets (mark of value) below; all set upon raised disk; Reverse: Prow right; four pellets (mark of value) below; all set upon raised disk. A pleasing specimen despite its crudeness, with charming green surfaces. A test cut across Minerva's face is noted for completeness. Ex Stacks & Bowers I believe Athena is on more ancient coin types then any other man, woman, God or Godess. Thoughts? And please post and pile on those coins of hers to help prove me right!