Throughout the fifth century B.C. Athens was the mistress of the Aegean world and the terrific political and cultural center of the ancient world. In 480 B.C. the existing temple on the Acropolis of Athens was destroyed by the Persians. From 478 to 413 B.C. Athens appropriated 5,000 talents of silver from Delian League funds. A portion of these funds were utilized to rebuild and fund the largest structure tasks in Greece. This included the restoring of the Athenian temple on the Acropolis. In 447 BC Pericles started building and construction of the new temple, the Parthenon. Dedicated to Athena, its name probably originates from the cult statue of Athena Parthenos, housed in the temple structure. The sculptor Phidias was worked with to work on the Parthenon. The statue of Athena was installed in 438 B.C. It was made of gold and ivory and stood 40 feet high. Athena was dressed in full armor with a guard in one hand and a 6 foot statue of Victory in the other hand. Iktonos and Kallikrates were the designers of the Parthenon. Surrounded by a pillars, the primary room contained the statue of Athena embellished with smaller sized statues depicting Athena' life. The marble Parthenon is an exceptional example of Doric design with Ionic architectural features. The measurements of the base of the structure are 228 feet long and 101.4 feet wide. The exterior columns are 6.2 feet in size and 34.1 feet high. The Parthenon expense 469 silver talents to develop. Equated 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 deserves $20,822.9554 USD. Therefore, the Parthenon cost $9,765,966.08 = (469 talents x $20,822.9554). Athens produced a huge issue of one particular silver coin to fund building and construction of the Parthenon. A huge 42 gram silver deckadrachm was struck.
Coin that Built the Parthenon
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Historical Greek Replica Coin Set
Cast in Lead Free Pewter
Double Side Coins Marked COPY on Reverse