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Attica, Athens, 454-404 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Old-Style Owl, Full Incuse Square

2,300.00 AUD 1,875.00 AUD

Origin:
Athens
Denomination:
Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
449-413 BC
Obverse:
Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll; her hair is drawn across the forehead in parallel curves
Reverse:
Owl standing right head facing, in erect posture; the tail feathers represented as a single prong; to the right, AΘE, in large, even lettering; to left, olive-twig and crescent; all within incuse square
Size:
26.38mm 17.1g, 2h
Grade:
gVF, wide flan, well struck, full incuse square, beautiful golden tone
Provenance:
ex Freeman & Sear (2006)
Reference:
Starr pl. XXII, 7; SNG Copenhagen 31; BMC Attica p. 8, 62; SGCV I 2526; HGC 4 1597
"Owls" were extremely popular as a central currency of the ancient world and thus the design remained unchanged for quite a long period of time. One of the most well known coins from ancient times from Athens, the centre of the ancient world, it is no surprise that these coins are highly sought after by collectors. During 449-413 BC, a large amount of tetradrachms were minted to meet the financing requirements of extravagant building projects including the Parthenon and also to cover the cost of the very expensive Peloponnesian War.
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