ATHENS FOUREE TETRADRACHM – RARE ANCIENT FORGERY OF FAMOUS OWL COINAGE STARR VA ISSUE – CHOICE XF STAR NGC GRADED GREEK ATTICA COIN (Inv. 14255)
ATTICA. ATHENS. Ca. 455-440 BC.
Silver Fourrée Tetradrachm, 16.99 g., 25 mm, imitative ancient forgery.
Obv. Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev. ΑΘΕ, owl standing to right, olive sprig and crescent behind, all within incuse square.
The imitation appears based on Starr VA types, for which see Starr, plate XVI.
NGC graded CHOICE XF STAR, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, CORE VISIBLE, a remarkable and seldom encountered example of an ancient imitative forgery (silver over bronze core) of a coinage that otherwise had an impeccable reputation.