OWL OF ATHENA Jasper Silver Coin 500 Francs Cameroon 2017

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This beautiful Silver coin is dedicated to one of the most famous antique coins - the Owl of Athena, an ancient symbol of knowledge, wisdom and experience. The coin has a wonderful design, has a beautiful Jasper insert, has an Antique Finish quality and comes in a case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 999 pieces worldwide.

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Country Cameroon
Year 2017
Face Value 500 Francs
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 16.55
Diameter (mm) 41
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 999
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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Owl of Athena
In Greek mythology, a little owl (Athene noctua) traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom, or Minerva, her syncretic incarnation in Roman mythology. Because of such association, the bird — often referred to as the “owl of Athena” or the “owl of Minerva” — has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition throughout the Western world. The reasons for the association of Athena and the owl are uncertain. Some mythographers, such as David Kinsley and Martin P. Nilsson suggest that she may descend from a Minoan palace goddess associated with birds and Marija Gimbutas claim to trace Athena's origins as an Old European bird and snake goddess.


The reverse of the coin depicts the beautiful Owl that is represented on the famous and antique Greek Silver Tetradrachm. The design also presents an olive twig, standing for peace, conciliation and victory, was a symbol of the goddess Athena. On the right of the reverse, the inscription: “AOE”. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Athena and the inscriptions: “REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN” – the issue country, “500 FRANCS CFA” – the face value and “2017” – the year of issue.