The Athenian Owl were thick, heavy, high-relief silver coins that where minted more than 2,000 years ago and were perhaps the most influential of all coins, the Classic Owl tetradrahm is the most recognizable of all ancient coins. Athena on the obverse, her owl on the reverse, they where known as “Owls” in ancient times as they are today. An owl was Athena’s mascot. According to the mythology, Athena at times even took the form an owl. The owl displayed on Athenian Owl coins is the Athena Noctua, or commonly called Little Owl or Minerva Owl. A very small owl only 6 to 8 inches and weighing only 2.5 to 4.5 ounces. The Athenian Owl coins became the ancient worlds “Trade Coin” and was often mimicked through out the ancient world.