National Currency Collection
Ancient Greece, tetradrachm : 413 BC
Deities inspire monetary confidence
If you are a powerful ruler wanting to inspire confidence in your currency, you put your head on it, right? Not necessarily. For one thing, famous as you think you are, the folks in the countryside are unlikely to know what you look like. So why not go straight to the top and put the head of a goddess on the your coin? Athena was the goddess of wisdom, courage, strength and justice - pretty sound credentials for a currency’s patroness in ancient Greece.