Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Sharp Transitional Owl

    ATTICA. Athens. Ca. 460-445 BC. AR tetradrachm (25mm, 17.02 gm, 3h).  Late "transitional" issue.  Head of Athena right wearing Attic helmeted ornamented with vine scroll and three laurel leaves / ΑΘΕ, owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all within incuse square. Starr pl. XXII, 8´. Kroll 8.  A piece of lovely style, with a wonderful owl. Minor obverse die break, otherwise beautifully toned and Choice Extremely Fine.

    Although this tetradrachm depicts an owl with its three tail feathers in a single prong, which technically places it among the "mass coinage" issues dated 454-404 BC, the lifelike owl and Athena's expressive compressed lips place otherwise place it very close to Starr's Group V, theoretically struck before the mass issues of the later fifth century BC. On artistic grounds it must be placed at the very beginning of this era. 

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2014
    8th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 835

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 13 days left to consign to the 2020 June 4 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Due completely to Heritage's thoroughly diligent and professional management and promotion of the collection, the faraday Collection stirred national attention among numismatists and the auction results brought a gross value greater than that last estimated by the experienced collector.
    The Estate of David M. Faraday ,
    San Rafael, CA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search