ATTICA, ATHENS NEW STYLE OWL AR TETRADRACHM 30mm 165-42 BC VERY RARE 16.87g Menedemos, Epigenes, and Nikogenes. Struck 135/134 BC Helmeted head of Athena Parthenos Right wearing single-pendant earring, necklace, and triple-crested Attic helmet decorated with protomes of four horses above visor, a Pegasos in flight right above the raised earpiece. OWL standing right on amphora head facing; A-OE above magistrates names in Greek flanking, Asklepios holding a serpent-entwined staff to left. ME below; all within a wreath. EXCEPTIONAL DETAILS BLAZING ORIGINAL MULTIHUED TONING MARVELOUS CRISP STRIKING NEAR-PERFECT CENTERING FRESH SERFACES WELL PRODUCED ON A BROAD FLAN EXCEPTIONAL IN EVERY WAY.
Such a high grade on such a splendid example of late Greek coinage makes this coin a wonder in its own right. Dont miss the opportunity to be the one to add it to their collection.City State of Athens New Style Owl Tetradrachm 133/2 BC. LAY-A-WAY: 15% down & balance anytime within six months. Thank you for your interest, Fred. I HAVE YET TO GAIN YOUR TRUST.
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Also, minor imperfections are sometimes exaggerated and appear worse than they actually are. As always, your satisfaction is guaranteed, backed by our "no hassle" 14 day return privilege.The Owl Tetradrachms of Athens are probably the most well known of all ancient coins. Produced since 512 BC, these coins have been a long standing denomination of the Ancient Greek City state. These Tetradrachms would always feature an image of Athena on the obverse, and an owl on the reverse. While the design never changed over the years, the artstyle did, resulting in a different appearance for Tetradrachm issued at different times.
This coin was issued between 133-132 BC, and featured a new style of design that was much more realistic than previous examples. It shows the entirety of Athenas head, and she is wearing a helm with plume.With this design came a weight reduction from the standard 17.2g of Tetradrachm. Although common, the Tetradrachm was a fairly high denomination in those time, as it was valued at 4 drachma. Each Drachma had a weight standard of around 4.2g of fine silver, meaning that the weight standard for this Tetradrachm was 16.8g. It is worth noting that although the refining techniques used to make the silver flan for minting was very precise, the workers were often more concerned in the rate of production and weights often did vary; that is the case with this coin. Fine silver was harder to mine and refine in that time, as they did not have machinery and tools like we do today. Their tools were much more crude in comparison, and it makes it easy to see how valuable silver was back then. This Tetradrachm was weighed at precisely 17.01g, showing it as having a relatively high weight. Not only did the design and weight change, but additional inscriptions were added and the very way the coin was struck was changed! Now a block of text was seen around the owl that denoted the city of origin as well as the names of moneyers in the city. Also, A new die was used that left a clean strike on the coins surface.
Previous dyes had used a square die that would leave an indent on the silver after a strike. The most incredible thing of all however, is the near uncirculated condition it has survived in! Certified by NGC Ancients, this coin has been graded Choice Almost Uncirculated, with the one of the best strike and surface conditions seen on any examples of this coin! My State Permit number is: 10-565507255F-001. The item "ATTICA, ATHENS NEW STYLE OWL AR TETRADRACHM NGC Ch AU 4/5 4/5 30mm SCARCE 081" is in sale since Friday, June 21, 2019.This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Ancient\Greek (450 BC-100 AD)". The seller is "monticello-coins-and-autographs" and is located in Esmont, Virginia. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, China, Japan, Australia.