ATTICA, Athens. Circa 500/490-485/0 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 23mm, 17.48 g 10). Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet and circular earring. Rev. ΑΘΕ Owl with closed wings standing right, head facing; behind, olive sprig; all within incuse square. Asyut Pl. XVIII passim. Seltman Group Gi. Svoronos pl. 5 passim. A very well centered and struck example, very rare thus. The usual minor bangs and marks, otherwise , about extremely fine.
From an English collection.
This is a very nice example of an archaic Athenian tetradrachm, unusually well struck. Vast numbers of these early coins were used in trade and the majority of them, as with all Athenian silver coins, were melted down to produce coins at other mints. The Athenians themselves used their older coins as a resource to make new ones: in fact, in the mid 4th century all earlier pieces were recalled and restruck.
|Price realized||16'000 CHF|
|Starting price||12'000 CHF|