The ancient slang names for the coins of Athens were "owls" and "girls" (but in Greek of course). "Owls" were so popular as a central currency of the ancient world that the design remained essentially unchanged and somewhat archaic long after other cities began to produce coins of a more refined artistic style. "Owls" are still very popular. For collectors they are perhaps the most popular ancient coin type.
Persian Empire, Samaria, Govenor Hananya, c. 375 - 345 B.C., Imitative of Athens
"Hananyah, the governor of Samaria, is mentioned in Wadi Daliyeh papyri nos. 7 and 9. Since we believe that the coins belong to the same period, it is reasonably certain that the two Hananyahs are the same person. The Samaritan Chronicles also mention that there was a High Priest named Hananyah in the time of Queen Esther." - Samarian Coinage by Y. Meshorer and S. Qedar
JD17145. Silver obol, Hendin 1030, Meshorer & Qedar 38, VF, flat strike, weight 0.761 g, maximum diameter 9.15 mm, die axis 270o, obverse helmeted head of Athena right; reverse owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig upper left, AΘE downward and Aramaic HNNYH (retrograde) horizontal on right; crude flat strike but nearly as struck with some mint luster; rare; SOLD
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