Athenian Owl Silver Pendant
This silver pendant is modeled on the most famous of ancient coins: the Athenian Owl, which was the largest silver coin of its time. This is the coin that originated the custom of calling one side of a coin the “head” and the other the (animal’s) “tail” began. The coin was in circulation for over 400 years, with variations, but it always had Athena (goddess of wisdom and warfare) on the side opposite the owl, which was her patron animal. For the ornithologists among us, the owl has been identified as Athene Noctua, the Little Owl, which is found in the Mediterranean region and stands only six to eight inches tall, and weights between 2.5 and 4.5 ounces. To order a chain to go with this piece, select from the options below or go to our Sterling Silver Chains section for more variety. Note: your handmade piece may vary slightly from the one pictured as no two are exactly alike.