A modern silver bullion coin just released harkens back to ancient coin art.
The 1-ounce .999 fine silver coin features a reverse design based on the classic silver coin of Athens, the tetradrachm depicting the Athenian owl on the reverse.
The tetradrachm design (paired with an image of Athena on the obverse) came to signify the powerful city-state in ancient Greece, and was one of the most influential coins in the world.
The 2017 bullion coin is struck in high relief, with hammered fields and reflective owl eyes. In addition, the coins were created with a broad stackable rim that is reminiscent of the rims found on poker chips.
The majestic owl stands on a tree branch on the reverse, with ΑΘΕ positioned to the right of the bird. In modern times ΑΘΕ has come to stand for Alethia Orno Eternia, translating to Truth, Honor and Eternity. In the hammered background are a crescent moon and the olive branch of peace. The eyes in a mirror finish represent the nocturnal binocular vision and wisdom of the owl.
The obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the 2017 date.
Source: Coin World