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Athens Tetradrachm232 viewsTetradrachm (AR), 17.05g, 28mm, 6h. Ca. 449-404. Flament pl. IV, 2 (this coin). ex Glendinning, 18-20 April 1955 no383. Waxy deposit in Athena's ear and below the earring was cleaned, see the new photo in my gallery (I initialy believed it was horn silver)6 commentspaparoupa
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Athens Tetradrachm110 viewsTetradrachm (AR), 17.05g, 28mm, 6h. Ca. 449-404. Berry 66. Flament pl. 26, 8.

After Minos' suggestion I investigated the deposit in Athena's ear and below the earring. Under 12.5X it seemed to be some kind of waxy deposit rather than horn silver as I thought. Removed with a coctail toothpick under magnification with really smooth moves. I believe this was remains of wax somebody used to protect (?) the coin. I am astonished that previous owner + auction houses didn't try to clean it as it clearly made the coin look a bit odd. All in all, I am even happier with my Athena now.
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Lesbos Mytilene EL Hekte58 viewsVeiled and wreathed head of Demeter right / Kithara with fillet to right within linear square. Bodenstedt 97; HGC 6, 1023. 2.52g, 9mm, 7h. Demeter's head is very close in style to the federal coinage of Delphi; I don't know who copied from the other :-)

Possibly the 4th known, Bodenstedt lists one in a public collection in Karlsruhe, the other two were sold recently http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=256293 and http://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=2139192
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Syracuse Tetradrachm148 viewsTetradrachm c. 430. Slow quadriga with bearded driver to r. Nike flying r. and crowning horses. Rev. SURAKOSIWN head of Arethusa in sakkos, decorated with Maeander design and zig-zag design; wreath on ampyx. Boehringer 642
17,25 g
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