MÜNZEN UND MEDAILLEN COINS AND MEDALS Antike – Mittelalter

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MÜNZEN UND MEDAILLEN COINS AND MEDALS Antike – Mittelalter

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54 ATHENS. Tetradrachm (Silver) circa 421-415 BC, Athens. Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic

helmet adorned with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl / / AQE. Owl

standing right, head facing, olive spray and crescent behind; all within incuse square. Dewing Coll. cf.

1594; Starr pl. XXII, 4'. Svoronos pl. 13, 21. 17.20 g. Patina. Very fine­extremely fine CHF 1´500.-

55 ATHENS. Tetradrachm (Silver) circa 403-365 BC, Athens. Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic

helmet adorned with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl / / AQE. Owl

standing right, head facing, olive spray and crescent behind; all within incuse square. Dewing Coll. cf.

1598; Starr pl. XXII, 6'-7'. Svoronos pl. 15, 43. 16.95 g. Well centered. Very fine CHF 1´500.-

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56 ATHENS. Imitation of an Athenian Tetradrachm (Silver) circa 400 BC, uncertain Eastern mint. Head of

Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with three olive leaves over visor and a palmette on

the bowl / / AQ[E]. Owl standing right, head facing, olive spray and crescent behind; all within incuse

square. Starr -; Svoronos -; SNG ANS -; SNG Cop. -. 16.79 g. Extremely rare. Extremely fine CHF 1´000.-

The high quality of this imitation, as well as its fabric, suggest a mint in either Phoenicia or Philisto-Arabia.

"Carrying owls to Athens"

In the ancient world, the Athenian Tetradrachms belonged to one of the most widely circulated currencies. Like the

U.S. Dollar in our times, the Athenian Tetradrachms were widely accepted around the Meditaranean and the frontier

regions of the Near East. Its popularity was based on the longterm stability of the finesse of silver and the high

volume of mintage. The silver for the production of the Athenian Tetradrachms originated from the rich mines of

Laurion. Like any well known brand today, the Athenian Tetradrachms with the recurring motif of the head of

Athena on one side and the owl on the other side, were soon imitated by various local authorities. The coin on offer

here, is an excellent example of such an imitation done in remarkable style.

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57 ATHENS. Tetradrachm (Silver) Poseidonion (Dec./Jan.) 130-129 BC. New style coinage. Head of

Athena right, waering triple-crested Attic helmet decorated with a palmette and griffin on the bowl / /

Owl standing right, head facing, on upturned amphora inscribed horizontal 'H', to left, thunderbolt with

wings; all within wreath. Thompson 408. 16.85 g. Well centered on broad flan. Extremely fine CHF 1´500.-

The new style coinage is dated according to Chr. Boehringer.

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