PHARAONIC KINGDOM OF EGYPT SILVER ATHENIAN TYPE TETRADRACHM – IMITATIVE ISSUE CLOSE TO CASSICAL PERIOD OWLS – AU NGC GRADED GREEK EGYPT COIN (Inv. 16442)
PHARAONIC KINGDOM OF EGYPT. Ca. late 5th century BC.
Silver Tetradrachm imitating a Classical Period Issue of Athens, 17.05 g, 24 mm
Obv. Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev. Owl standing to right, with three pendant knobs handing from its breast feathers, 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. 6, 103 and plate 9. For the original type cf. Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31-40; Dewing 1591-1598; HGC 4, 1597.
Ex Edward H. Merrin Collection
NGC graded AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, “graffito”, a very interesting coin which copies the original Athenian series of the Classical period almost perfectly. Certain features, like the form of the eye and the knobby pendants on the owl and above her talons, suggest this is an Egyptian imitation of the late 5th century BC.