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My Athens owl tetradrachm!

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DVCollector
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 Posted 02/23/2012  10:58 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add DVCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I've been wanting one of these coins for years, and it arrived today!
It's toned darker than the seller's pic indicated, but I prefer that over blast-white silver. It's full weight--17.12 gr--that's good too.
I especially like the detail on the owl. It has a few surface issues, but that's to be expected...I'm happy!


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 Posted 02/23/2012  11:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Nevol to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice! I'd be happy too!
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 Posted 02/23/2012  11:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ValiantKnight to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Awesome! Congrats DV! How much was it?
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 Posted 02/23/2012  11:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Doucet to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Cool! Very nice......

Well centered too.
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 Posted 02/23/2012  11:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DVCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks...I've been lucking out getting ancients I really like!
I wanted a well-centered owl that didn't have any test cuts, but at $500 or less.
I think I found a good compromise at my upper limit.
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 Posted 02/23/2012  11:26 pm  Show Profile Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful coin. Congrats.
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 Posted 02/23/2012  11:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bing to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful coin DVC. I'm jealous.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  03:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The coin is in about the same condition as mine, but is a bit more archaic in style than mine.

A very satisfying coin to include in a collection of ancients.

My advice is to keep all of the sales documentation to help establish provenance. I do that with all high value numismatic items.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  07:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JimR to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Kurt, Nice coin for sure. I too want to get an Owl Tetradrchm one of these days. Its just such an iconic coin in my opinion.

I am curious though what size is it comparable too in relation to US coins?
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 Posted 02/24/2012  08:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jessvc1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin DVCollector, you have a nice ancient collection.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  09:28 am  Show Profile Check coinsearcher83's eBay Listings Check coinsearcher83's eCrater Listings Bookmark this reply Add coinsearcher83 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Cool coin!
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 Posted 02/24/2012  10:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Gil-galad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congratulations on obtaining that coin. Nice details.

I wouldn't even want to touch that series of coins. I heard there are a lot of fakes and it's hard to tell sometimes.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  12:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DVCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I am curious though what size is it comparable to in relation to US coins?

This coin is 24mm at the widest point--almost the size of a US quarter.
Good idea on keeping a record of provenance.

As for authenticity You should only buy this coin from a trusted dealer.
I bought this from Cerberus coins--I'm certain it's authentic.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  1:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ValiantKnight to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, it's bigger than I'd thought. I figured it was dime or nickel sized. Wouldn't have thought quarter-sized.
"A poor Roman plays the Goth, a rich Goth the Roman." - Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths

Attributed coins in my collection so far - Roman: 224, Byzantine: 21, Post-Roman Germanic: 17

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 Posted 02/24/2012  1:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ValiantKnight to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
BTW got your giveaway coin today DV! I am surprised at how nicely detailed it is, and it is a good circulated color, with no distracting marks or anything. Thank you! (got it along with the Marcian I bought, so it was a good mail day for me! )
"A poor Roman plays the Goth, a rich Goth the Roman." - Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths

Attributed coins in my collection so far - Roman: 224, Byzantine: 21, Post-Roman Germanic: 17

Affordable ancient coins on sale! Now reduced!
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 Posted 02/24/2012  1:53 pm  Show Profile Check TJsCoins's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TJsCoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is an awesome coin! And huge; thats cool!

Here is a pic of my Athena. Obiously a different style and bit smaller. Someday would like to get one like yours.



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