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Offline Adrian W

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Some of my recently acquired Owls
« on: April 25, 2022, 05:34:32 pm »
Who does not love Owls
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Re: Some of my recently acquired Owls
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2022, 05:35:20 pm »
more owls
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Re: Some of my recently acquired Owls
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2022, 06:03:52 pm »
Very nice coins, one and all.

Here's some friends for your owls, feel free to join them!

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Re: Some of my recently acquired Owls
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2022, 08:53:49 pm »
Those are beautiful coins!

Please educate me, as I am still fairly new to ancient coins, what makes for a good owl? Obviously, a well struck coin in a good state of preservation, but what else? Is it a full crest on the helmet? A complete nose? The owl has to be cute?

Thanks in advance! I hope the question is not too stupid.

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Re: Some of my recently acquired Owls
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2022, 07:47:29 am »
A full crest and nose is quite rare and will command a much higher price. If it is a choice between the crest and nose, would rather have a full nose.

The second coin is my favorite here, even with the test cut.
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Re: Some of my recently acquired Owls
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2022, 12:18:46 pm »
Hi AW,

Nice coins! :)

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Re: Some of my recently acquired Owls
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2022, 08:53:41 am »
Thanks, Joe!

The second coin, with the test cut, caught my eye too--hence my question.

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Re: Some of my recently acquired Owls
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2022, 02:03:30 am »
Owl coins are beautiful. Yet, they seem to be both the most common coins there are and the most expensive overall. I don't own one and probably never will. Every auction has dozens. I guess that defines supply and demand in pricing. As for test cuts, in most cases I actually like them because it means the coin was used by real people doing real commerce. One thing I have seen is that defined hair in Athena's bangs is pretty desirable. But, these have to be the most expensive common coins out there.

Maybe one day, but so many others I would like more, such as a Aizanoi coin I just ordered for way less than any owl I have ever seen. Plus, I have a provincial coin with an owl on reverse, so I am good.

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Re: Some of my recently acquired Owls
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2022, 10:45:39 am »
Fwiw, I don't "get" why these coins sell for the prices they do. As mentioned, they are perhaps the most common Greek coin that exists.

In terms of artistry, I much prefer Hellenistic era coins of Syracuse with their stunning reverses, or some of the Hellenistic Kingdom tetradrachms with beautiful obverse portraits.

The owls aren't without their charm, and I agree with Joe, the op's second coin is the pick of the litter. My only gripe is the inexplicable cost of a coin that seems to be for sale everywhere in high quantities over a long span of time.
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