Tetradrachm – Athens, Greece “Owl” reverse c.440-404 BCE NGC AU
Attica, Athens silver Tetradrachm, NGC About Uncirculated, nearly Perfect Strike (5/5) and Surface (4/5) . This coin design is #10 in the 100 Greatest Ancient Coins (see image below). Circa 440-404 BCE. The head of Athena faces right, adorned with an earring, necklace, and crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl The reverse features an Owl standing right with head facing; olive sprig and berry behind and in upper left field, AΘE to right; all within incuse square. Struck on an above average flan, showing exceptional details on both the obverse and reverse. Most notable is the evidence of a nearly full helmet crest which can be elusive. An exceptional example struck in high relief with good metal and lacking any toning.