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2007 Greece Hellas 1 Euro coin pendant Greek little owl of Athena Athens Parthenon Thessaloniki Larissa Rhodes Mykonos Santorini Crete Macedonia Sparta Meteora Peloponnese Pella Thebes Kos Balkans n001058

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Greece 1 Euro {2002-2006} 11S

front: a reproduction of an antique tetradrachma (showing an owl) from Athens about 490 BC. is accompanied with the facial value and encircled by the twelve stars of Europe

In Greek mythology, a little owl (Athene noctua) traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom.
Because of such association, the bird — often referred to as the "owl of Athena" — has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition throughout the Western world.

The city of Athens seems to have adopted the owl as proof of allegiance to its patron virgin goddess, which according to a popular etiological myth reproduced on the West pediment of the Parthenon, secured the favor of its citizens by providing them with a more enticing gift than Poseidon.


back: A map, next to the facial value, shows the gathering of the fifteen states of the European Union

• quantity 1
• polished Bi-Metallic coin
Copper-nickel clad Nickel center in Nickel-brass ring
• diameter: 23.25 mm
• weight: 7.5 g

• 24” brass ball chain {2.5mm thick, lightweight 5 g}
• no chain or cord
• 2-1/2" brass snake keychain with snap end {see last photo}

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