Tetradrachm – Athens, Greece “Owl” reverse c.440-404 BCE NGC Mint State* FINE STYLE
Attica, Athens silver Tetradrachm, NGC Mint State*, Perfect Strike (5/5) and Surface (5/5) and struck in FINE STYLE. This coin design is #10 in the 100 Greatest Ancient Coins. 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 large flan, showing exceptional details on both the obverse and reverse. An exceptional example struck in high relief with good metal and lacking any toning. NGC star designated and graded Mint State.
According to the NGC website, “The Star designation…indicates that the coin has exceptional eye appeal, usually derived from some impressive aspect of the strike, surface or style. However, since ancient coins are produced from individually prepared dies, the Star designation often will be awarded based upon some remarkable aspect of a design, and it may be derived partially (though not exclusively) from an important pedigree that adds significantly to its appeal to collectors.”