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Athena * Owl, Athenian AR Tetradrachm * 449-413 BC.

Athena * Owl, Archaic style Athenian Silver Tetradrachm.

Obv: Head of Athena right-facing, archaic almond shaped eye, crested helmet engraved with three olive-leaves & floral scroll, wire necklace, circular earring, hair neatly drawn across forehead in parallel curves and which falls below the neck guard of the helmet in elegant, looped coils, neck truncated with row of dots.
Rev: AOE vertical in right field, Owl standing erect to the right, head facing, prong tail, feet resting on bottom line of the lower plane of the incuse, pellet in center of forehead; to left olive twig and crescent, all engraved within incuse square.

Exergue: (None)

Mint: Athens
Struck: 449-413 BC.

Size: 22.26 x 23.63 mms
Weight: 17.8 grams
Die axis: 90

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautifully toned, bright, clear, lustrous silver with superb high-relief details both sides.

Sear, GC, 2526; Vol. I, pg. 236.

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alexB  [Mar 22, 2005 at 12:38 AM]
the style and fabric alone are worth a 5!
Massanutten  [Mar 22, 2005 at 03:00 PM]
Looks like somebody broke the piggy bank for sure!!! Congratulations!!!
Jerome Holderman  [Mar 22, 2005 at 10:33 PM]
Fantastic! Someday I will add a real one of these to my collection. Despite the fact that it does not fit my focus!
Tiathena  [Mar 22, 2005 at 11:42 PM]
Thanks a lot guys! I feel like a proud mommy! ..even if it is an adoption...
Potator II  [Mar 23, 2005 at 03:24 AM]
Great style, and first time I see a winking owl !!
Bolayi  [Mar 23, 2005 at 05:41 AM]
As soon as I win the lottery I will have one to
Maxentius  [Jan 20, 2006 at 10:50 AM]
Really fantastic, although i don't collect greek coins!
Jay G  [Mar 17, 2007 at 09:49 AM]
very nice impressive coin, toning adds to the character
Enodia  [May 27, 2008 at 04:12 PM]
beautiful, a magnificent specimen! i would take a flat eye over a test cut anyday.
CGPCGP  [Jun 18, 2008 at 12:20 PM]
What a fantastic portrait of Athena. Love it.
Noah  [Jan 04, 2010 at 01:10 AM]
You are another member who has so many fabulous coins that it is difficult to choose which ones to comment on!
MonetaAntiquus  [Jan 14, 2012 at 01:21 PM]
Beatiful! The fine art of this type.
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