Seeing ecoli's beautiful Athena
showing her helmet crest has prompted me to get out my collection
of classical Athenian owls.
While they were out I decided to photograph for the first time an owl
for almost 30 years. I was able to purchase it at the time because surface cracking and some pitting had
given it a frosty appearance, lowering the price
to something I could afford.
All these years later it remains one of my favorite coins. It would be even better if Athena had
a crest, but if she had
, even frosty she would have been out of my price
range! So I'm actually glad she didn't, or I wouldn't have had
the pleasure of ownership for nearly 30 years.