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 Posted 05/07/2019  3:29 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
It took a long time, and at least a few dozen auctions lost, but I can finally cross off one of my "bucket list" coins - the classic Athens Tetradrachm!

Despite an apparent hoard working its way through the market, an Athenian tetradrachm is not a coin that comes cheap, ever. While Athens tets that are worn mostly flat or look like they were fished out of a running garbage disposal are available and relatively (~$100) cheap, they are tough to find for under $500, and can easily go into the thousands as one approaches "fleur de coin". I went in with a specific set of criteria:

- Must have the entire face on-flan
- Must have the entire helmet and at least most of the crest on-flan
- No significant test cuts or banker's marks obscuring important details
- Must be very close to full weight (17g)
- Must have a bold, fully struck owl and AΘE
- Preferably should have full olive sprig on flan
- Ideally should show its age; e.g. not make me wonder if it was made last year in a Bulgarian counterfeit shop
- Must be in pleasing style

This was my ultimate selection

Attica, Athens
AR Tetradrachm 25mm, 16.96g
Classic period, 454-404 BC
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right, eye facing viewer
Rev: Owl standing right, facing viewer; AΘE left, Olive sprig above right



Let's see those Owls!
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 Posted 05/07/2019  4:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Super looking coin Steve!

Met all your criterias and some...

Love the shape of the flan it seems to follow the external features of the face and then pops up nicely to show the crest...

Congratulations...Paul
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 Posted 05/07/2019  4:22 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Steve, excellent coin congrats and finally getting one. I still don't have one.
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 Posted 05/07/2019  4:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fioti to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hoo-hooray! That's a beut, finn.
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 Posted 05/07/2019  6:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow,
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 Posted 05/07/2019  8:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your patience has paid off! Congratulations on a real beauty.
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 Posted 05/07/2019  8:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks guys!

It really is a shame that so many people pick these as their "one ancient coin" otherwise they would be cheap enough for everyone to own one!
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 Posted 05/07/2019  8:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Let's see those Owls!


Don't have to ask me twice! How many need to be posted before we have a parliament?



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 Posted 05/07/2019  10:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add eteokles to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's a sharp coin. Congrats on the pick up!
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 Posted 05/08/2019  08:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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It really is a shame that so many people pick these as their "one ancient coin" otherwise they would be cheap enough for everyone to own one!
Sort of like key dates. Many priced well above what they should be.


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Don't have to ask me twice!
Very nice, Spence!
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 Posted 05/08/2019  2:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add antwerpen2306 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
very nice coin , but your criteria were very difficult , so you can be proud for your criteria and your patience , congrats .
I have 4 tetradrachmes of Athens , 2 of this period and 2 of the period 355/350 .

The first : 449/413 , 25 mm , 17.1 gr,10 h , SNGCop 31
I bought this coin in june 85 and I have to make a better photo


The second is the newest model of the old style .
220mm ,17,2 gr , 10 h , Van Alfen,Owls,Group III a







I am looking now for a new style ( easiest to find) and an archaic style ( not the cheapest ) so I ll have the different owls from Athens .
I have choosen 4 coins I have to buy this year , and I found 2 coins on one week ( a tetradrachme from Syracuse old style and a Roman quinarius from the beginning ( bought 2) , so I have hope .
It is realy a very nice coin , everybody would have it in his collection; albert
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 Posted 05/19/2019  08:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add steviegetz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Heres mine. Bought it few years ago, it doesn't have much of a crest but I loved the look of it. And the owl was super nice

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