Famous Coin Replica Series – The Coin That Built the Parthenon

During the fifth century B.C. the ciity-state of Athens was a leader of the ancient world. In 480 B.C. the existing temple of Athena was destroyed by the Persians. Athens appropriated 5,000 silver talents from Delian League to finance building projects including the rebuilding of the Athenean temple on the Acropolis. In 447 BC Pericles started construction of the new temple, the Parthenon. Dedicated to Athena, its name most likely comes from a statue of Athena Parthenos, housed in the temple. Surrounded by a colonnade, the main room contained the statue of Athena adorned with smaller statues depicting Athena’ life.

The marble Parthenon is an example of Doric design and Ionic architectural features. The dimensions of the base of the building are 228 feet long and 101.4 feet wide. The exterior columns are 6.2 feet in diameter and 34.1 feet high. The Parthenon cost 469 silver talents to build. Translated into 2010 prices, one talent of silver is equal to 82.25 pounds or 1199.479 troy ounces. With spot silver at $17.36 USD, one silver talent is worth $20,822.9554 USD. Therefore, the Parthenon cost $9,765,966.08 = (469 talents x $20,822.9554).

Athens produced an enormous issue of one particular silver coin to finance construction of the Parthenon. A large 42 gram silver deckadrachm was struck. The obverse of the deckadrachm shows the the head of Athena facing left wearing a crested helmet with two olive leaves and a floral scroll. (Athena was the patron goddess of Athens.) The reverse shows an owl standing facing, wings spread with an olive twig in upper left; word ‘Athens’ on lower right.; all the obverse is within an incuse square. The owl also represents the city-state of Athens. The Deckadrachm was issued from 467 to 465 B.C. (Sear 2516.) Today, less than as than thirty original deckadrachms exist. Ten are owned by museums and private collectors. The Turkish government owns 20 of these deckadrachms.

Although this famous coin is very rare, legal reproductions of the Athenean deckadrachm are available. These reproductions are either struck from pure silver or cast in lead-free pewter copies.. In accordance with the Hobby Protection Act of 1973, the word COPY is struck on the obverse of these legal reproductions. Today the deckadrachm and the Parthenon remain the finest examples of Greek art and architecture in the ancient world.

Take a Tour of Lakes With Cheap Flights

It is always said that traveling is an adventure as well as a teacher. You learn a lot of things when you travel. Traveling is a hobby as well as a necessity in modern life. During vacations many people make their holiday plans to visit a place where they can learn new things and meet the culture of different people. With cheap flights for everywhere, making a plan for outside country is no more expensive.

Here we are going to discuss about some tourist attractions of Minneapolis, that will encourage you to make your next vacation tour for this place. Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota, a state in USA. Minneapolis is also known as the ‘City of Lakes ‘ and ‘Mill City’.

Walker Art Center of Minneapolis is devoted to the artistic creations of 20th century. The Sculpture Garden is situated opposite to this place in which American and European art paintings, sculptures and prints are featured. Here you will find Standalone sculptures, statues and beautifully designed fountains.

The Mississippi River is the main attraction of this place. An excellent view of this river can be watched from here. Also, there is a 49 ft. high St. Anthony Waterfall where you can enjoy the scenic beauty of this place.

The oldest and most popular park of Minnesota is situated at Minneapolis. This park is named as Minnehaha Park which is spread in the area of 193 acres. This park is located on the banks of Mississippi River.

The Mill City Museum of Minneapolis was built within the circumference of Washburn Mill, which is a flour mill. Minneapolis is the city which was dominated the production of flour all over the world. Hence this city was also nick named as Mill City. In this museum you will find eight story Flour Tower which is a remarkable collection.

There are many other attractions of Minneapolis, which can be easily visited with cheap flights to this place. All you need is to do an online search for the best traveling company or operator that will offer you cheap tickets for this place. Your travel agent can also help you in getting a suitable deal.