ATHENS SILVER TETRADRACHM -1962 PEDIGREED AND PUBLISHED PERSIAN WARS ISSUE – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED GREEK ATTICA COIN (Inv. 12635)
ATTICA. ATHENS. Ca. 500-480 BC.
Silver Tetradrachm, 16.58 g., 21 mm.
Obv. Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev. ΑΘΕ, Owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig in left field.
Seltman Group M & G; Asyut Group IV; HGC 4, 1590.
Published: E. Pászthory & S. Hurter, “Metallurgische Untersuchungen an archaischen Münzen aus Athen” in SM 124 (November 1981), 11 (this coin).
Provenance: Ex Berk BBS 162 (15 January 2009), lot 81; Dr. Roland Maly Collection (not in LHS sale); Nomos AG stock, 1979 (CHF 11,500); Münzen und Medaillen AG FPL 223 (June 1962), n. 11.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, a published specimen with a distinguished pedigree, the obverse featuring an Athena helmet with virtually full crest. This is among the early owls of Athens, a historic coinage issued before the city was sacked by the Persians and hence an emission that would have been circulating during the Persian Wars.