Silver tetradrachm coins of ancient Greece depicted the owl of Athena with an inscription "ΑΘΕ", an abbreviation of ΑΘΗΝΑΙΟΝ, which may be translated as "of the Athenians". Also in the coin designs were an olive branch, another symbol of Athena. The laurel crown is another Greek symbol. In ancient Greece laurel wreath were awarded to victors, both in athletic competitions and in poetic meets. It is a modern symbol of Hellenic neopaganism and Hellenic reconstructionism.
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