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Athens, Greece, Old Style Tetradrachm, 449 - 413 B.C.
Silver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 31 ff., SGCV I 2526, EF, light scuff on cheek, 17.184g, 25.6mm, 180o, Athens mint, obverse head of Athena right, almond shaped eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round earring, hair in parallel curves; reverse AQE right, owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, olive sprig and crescent left, all within incuse square;

A superb beauty ex FORVM .


The old-style tetradrachm of Athens is famous for its almond shaped eye, archaic smile and charming owl reverse. Around 480 B.C. a wreath of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena's helmet. On the reverse 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.

*With my sincere thank , Photo and Description courtesy of FORVM Ancient Coins Staff.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
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carthago  [Jan 24, 2014 at 06:01 PM]
Nice crest, beautifully centered reverse.
Sam  [Jan 24, 2014 at 06:30 PM]
Thank you so much , Chris. I highly value and appreciate your comment.
*Alex  [Feb 03, 2014 at 11:29 AM]
Lovely coin and the lack of a test cut is a bonus in enhancing it's beauty. ✰✰✰✰✰
Sam  [Feb 03, 2014 at 10:14 PM]
Hey Alex , how are you , and thank you so much .
n.igma  [Feb 04, 2014 at 12:09 AM]
Excellent!
Sam  [Feb 04, 2014 at 12:21 AM]
Thank you so much n.igma .
Leo  [Aug 27, 2016 at 04:18 PM]
Nice reverse, nice get.
Jay GT4  [Dec 24, 2016 at 03:22 PM]
Amazing!
Sam  [Apr 19, 2017 at 12:05 PM]
Thank you so much dear friends Jay and Leo. Jay , always honor & pleasure to hear a comment from you .
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