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Attica Owl Silver Tetradrachm NGC Choice About Uncirculated 5x4

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This amazing silver Ancient was struck over 2,400 years ago and has a remarkable overall look and eye appeal.
Listed as #10 in the book entitled, 100 Greatest Ancient Coins, this is a superb example of one of the most famous and recognizable of all Ancients.
The owl, as a symbol for wisdom, was the mascot of Athena, and frequently accompanies the goddess as this coin demonstrates.
According to myth, Athena, goddess of wisdom and the patron goddess of Athens, even had the ability to take the form of an owl.

The front of the coin features Athena, the goddess of wisdom and reason. The back depicts an owl, the totem bird of Athena.

These are highly coveted by collectors and investors, particularly those with a bold, well-centered strike.

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Around 520bc, Athens a dominate power at the time, began to produce the Attica, Athens Tetradrachm. Our coins, minted in Athens circa 440-404 BC, were known as "Owls" in ancient times. The design of the Athenian Tetradrachm remained unchanged for most of the 5th century. The Owl had gained the trust of the laborers, soldiers, and merchants for their silver purity and popularity. They are still widely known by that term today, the owl depicted upon the Athenian Tetradrachm is the “Minerva Owl”.

The reverse depicts a standing owl within an incuse square, head facing forward, with a crescent moon and olive spray, and “ΑΘΕ”, (of the Athenians). Athena is featured on the obverse wearing a helmet with floral scroll and three olive leaves.

This well preserved ancient silver coin is approximately the size of quarter but twice its thickness and is graded Choice About Uncirculated, with additional grading of 5x5 for strike, and 4x5 for surface quality. All of our ancient coins are certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC Ancients).


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