lorna davison designs

thrace, abdera 

265-245 BC 


In mythology, Abdera was named after Abderus a beloved companion of Hercules who persihed after the hero captured the flesh eating mares of Diomedes.  In the historical record the site on the Thracian coast that would become Abdera was settled in 654BC by colonists from Clazomenae.  

When the Abderites began to produce coins, they chose to portray a griffin, as it was familiar from the coins of their mother city.  

The Laurete head of Apollo within a square

with ABAE and griffin springing TEO

In a handmade 18K yellow gold frame

Athens, attica 449-404BC

AR Tetradrachm


The coinage of Athens enjoyed a widespread distribution due to a huge production, based on the exploitation of the silver mines of Laurion (Attica) and due to the city state as an important regional power.  The distinctive "owl" coinage of Athens (introduced c.530-510BC)established a long lived iconographic tradition, which was maintained almost invariably on several series for more than two centuries.  With the help of her powerful navy, and through taxation, Athens accomplished to gain pre-eminance in Hellas and achieved a celebrated prosperity.

In Greek mythology, Athena, the goddess of wisdom and justice, rivaled Zeus himself in power and wisdom.  Athena gave the people the olive tree.  The snake and the owl were symbols of her wisdom. 

In excellent condition, set in a handmade 18K yellow

gold frame.  A collectors coin as well as a piece of jewelry.

Very substanstial.

With Steven Battelle certificate of authenticity