NEAR EAST OR EGYPT SILVER TETRADRACHM – IMITATIVE ISSUE BASED ON THE OWL COINAGE OF ATHENS DURING THE CLASSICAL PERIOD – AU NGC GRADED GREEK COIN (Inv. 15379)
NEAR EAST OR EGYPT. Ca. 5th century BC.
Silver Tetradrachm imitating a Classical Period Issue of Athens, 16.81 g, 26 mm
Obv. Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev. Owl standing to right, olive sprig and crescent behind, all within incuse square.
Peter van Alfen, “The ‘Owls’ from the 1989 Syria Hoard with a review of Pre-Macedonian Coinage in Egypt,” AJN 14 (2002), pl. 11, 2. For the original type cf. Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31-40; Dewing 1591-1598; HGC 4, 1597.
NGC graded AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, a very interesting coin which copies the original Athenian series of the Classical period. The style of both obverse and reverse is slightly more schematic than the Attic prototype, and the forms of the letters are quite unusual.