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. 15912)
NEAR EAST OR EGYPT. Ca. 5th century BC.
Silver Tetradrachm closely imitating a Classical Period Issue of Athens, 15.57 g, 22 mm
Obv. Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev. Owl standing to right, olive sprig and crescent behind, all within incuse square.
For the original type cf. Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31-40; Dewing 1591-1598; HGC 4, 1597; see also Peter van Alfen, “The ‘Owls’ from the 1989 Syria Hoard with a review of Pre-Macedonian Coinage in Egypt,” AJN 14 (2002), plate 11, 2.
NGC graded AU, Strike 3/5, Surface 4/5, a very interesting imitative coin which copies closely the original Athenian series of the Classical period, yet maintains a charming distinctive character.