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    Spectacular Athenian Owl

    Athens. Ca. 454-404 BC. AR tetradrachm (26mm, 17.21 gm, 12h). Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet ornamented with three laurel leaves and vine scroll / ΑΘΕ, owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig and crescent moon behind, all within incuse square. SNG Münich 52. SNG Copenhagen 32. A splendid example of this important classic coin, deeply struck on a broad flan from dies of wonderful style.

    The Athenian "owl" silver tetradrachm is unquestionably one of the most influential coins of all time. During the fifth century BC, when Athens emerged as the greatest of all Greek cities, owls were the most widely used international coin and helped to spread Greek culture throughout the Mediterranean world. The heyday of Athens, between 510 and 400 BC, witnessed the birth of democracy, the building of the Parthenon, the emergence of Classical art and sculpture, and the origins of Western literature. Never before or since has one city contributed so much to human progress


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    September, 2012
    6th-11th Thursday-Tuesday
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