Athens, , Old , c. 454 - 404 B.C.
The old-style of Athens is famous for its almond shaped eye, archaic smile, and charming owl . Around 480 B.C. a of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena's helmet. On the , a crescent moon was added.
During the period 449 - 413 B.C. huge quantities of tetradrachms were minted to finance grandiose building projects such as the Parthenon and to cover the costs of the Peloponnesian War.
GS85068. Silver , 31, 49, 8, 1611, 519, 1597, 1611, 2526, VF, attractive archaic , well struck, , some marks and bumps, small edge cracks, 17.101 g, maximum 23.8 mm, 270o, Athens mint, c. 454 - 404 B.C.; of right, almond shaped eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round earring, hair in parallel curves; AΘE right, owl standing right, facing, erect in posture, olive sprig and crescent left, all within square; ex & Mosch auction 245, of lot 1906; $900.00 (€801.00)
Athens, , III , 353 - c. 340 B.C.
The Pi III introduced the true floral ornament. The lower tendrils have moved outward from the central tendril, and originate from and perpendicular to the curved horizontal line forming the upper tendrils; they parallel the central tendril for most of their length before flaring outward. The central tendril can be exceptionally long, extending down to ’s ear. Pi III may or may not have a pellet above the earring on the , and have one or two columns of pellets (feathers) to the right of the owl's beak on the . All are struck on folded flans, often elongated oval shaped flans nicknamed "logs."
SH85069. Silver , p. 244, fig. 8; p. 126, 3; 63; 96; 1479; pl. 20: 2, VF, and struck on thick oval "log" , attractive , light bumps and marks, 17.091 g, maximum 25.0 mm, 270o, Athens mint, 353 - c. 340 B.C.; of right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll; owl standing right, facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent; ex & Mosch auction 245, of lot 1906; $550.00 (€489.50)
Athens, , , c. 140 - 175 A.D.
Minos demanded that, every ninth year, Athens send seven boys and seven girls to to be devoured by the , a half-man, half-bull monster that lived in the Labyrinth. , son of Aigeus, the of Athens, volunteered to take the place of one of the youths and slay the monster to stop this horror. Upon his arrival to , , Minos' daughter, fell in love with him and gave him a ball of to him find his way out of the Labyrinth. promised that if he escaped he would take her with him. Using the string to mark his path, he made his way to the heart of the Labyrinth, slew the , followed the string out, and then rescued the Athenian boys and girls. told to leave and Phaedra behind on the beach. Distressed by his broken heart, forgot to put up the white sails that were to signal his success. Upon seeing black sails, his father committed suicide, throwing himself off a cliff into the sea, causing this body of water to be named the Aegean.GB77873. Bronze , p. 105, 764; 341; , pl. 96, 1; 276, aF, corrosion, 7.132 g, maximum 23.7 mm, 180o, Athens mint, pseudo-autonomous under , c. 140 - 175 A.D.; helmeted of right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; AΘHNAIΩN, right, preparing to slay the , nude, planting knee on the back of , raising club in his right hand, a horn of the in his left hand, the falling right on left knee; from the Butte College Foundation, ex (Antioch Associates); very ; $450.00 (€400.50)
Athens, , , III or IV , 353 - 340 B.C.
The name refers to the floral helmet ornament on the which resembles the Greek letter pi (P) bisected by a long central tendril. On this coin, the Pi-like floral ornament is off the .GS84493. Silver , cf. p. 244, fig. 8; p. 127, 4; 63; 96; pl. V, 4; 2547, VF, , typical but full of owl on , off center but of on , bumps, marks and scratches, 17.157 g, maximum 23.7 mm, 270o, Athens mint, 353 - 340 B.C.; of right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll; owl standing right, facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection; $300.00 (€267.00)
American Numismatic Society 26 (1981)
Includes the following articles:
, J.H. From Wappenmünzen to Gorgoneia to owls
, M. The ( 450)
, T.R. A third-century B.C. hoard from at the ANS ( 168)
, R.W. Gonatas and the silver coinages of circa 280-270 B.C.
Weiskopf, M. The hoard and the Parthian "Dark Age"
McLean, M.D. The initial coinage of Alexander Jannaeus
Harl, K.W. or ? The imperial imago at the Greek mint of Magnesia ad Maeandrum
, W.E. A corrigendum to The of
Kaiser-Raiss, M.R. Hadrianic medallions?
Malandra, G. Transitional in the Siva images on Kusana gold coins
, M.L. The coinage of Tilimsa
Varriano, J.L. Some documentary evidence on the restriking of early Papal medals
BK11652. 26, American Numismatic Society ( 26), 1981, 223 pages, 32 plates, paperback, condition, faded cover, bent corner; $10.00 (€8.90)
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