ATHENS SILVER TETRADRACHM – EXCEPTIONAL VERY EARLY SELTMAN GROUP E ISSUE OF THE ARCHAIC PERIOD – AU NGC GRADED GREEK ATTICA COIN (Inv. 16195)
ATTICA. Athens. Ca. 510/500-480 BC.
Silver Tetradrachm, 17.28 g, 22 mm
Obv. Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev. ΑΘΕ, Owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig in left field.
Seltman Group E, cf. no. 119 (A80/P90), p. 170 and plate VI for a very similar coin; Heritage 3081, 1/12/021, 32014 (a better centered specimen struck from dies by the same engraver that realized over $ 13,000)
NGC graded AU, Strike 3/5, Surface 4/5, a remarkable example of the early issues from a period of great expansion for the Athenians as they began to build the temples on the Acropolis prior to its destruction during the Persian Wars.