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Attica Athens Tetradrachm: Finally Got One!

 
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 Posted 10/27/2020  8:45 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Been looking at these coins for years and finally picked one up at our local coin show. Apparently quite a few high-grade examples are being offered for sale but the prices don't seem to have come down much. What do you think about this one?


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 Posted 10/27/2020  9:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's a beauty! Love to see it toned up in a couple years.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  9:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Up there with the most famous of ancient Greek coins.
They are not particularly rare, but they are very popular among collectors, and the fakers have known that for very many decades.
I have a lower grade example myself.

This one looks OK to me, but they should all be professionally verified. Mine was.

I admit: I am not skilled enough to do that.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  10:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What an absolutely beautiful coin. Congratulations on the acquisition.
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 Posted 10/27/2020  10:39 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congratulations, beautiful coin. That's one coin I have not been able to get to get.
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 Posted 10/28/2020  04:20 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice! I really like those.
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 Posted 10/28/2020  04:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great coin. It is one on my coin bucket list. Did you buy it raw? I hope it is genuine.
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 Posted 10/28/2020  08:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Doucet to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful coin. Great piece of history.

Congrats.

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 Posted 10/28/2020  09:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful!

Yes, a hoard of these classical owls was discovered a few years ago, and whoever bought it was wise enough to feed it into the market *very* slowly so as to not crash the price for them. The price has come down significantly; pieces like yours tend to hammer for around $400-500, whereas a decade ago they would have hammered for $800-1,000.

Despite the recent influx, I believe that Athens tets overall are still more rare than, say, a 1914-D Wheat penny, and demand will always exceed supply, so nothing short of a cataclysmic collapse of society or else the death of coin collecting as a hobby will ever bring coins like yours below the "several hundred dollars" price point.
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 Posted 10/28/2020  10:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Attica Owls are very tactile.
They really like an honest chunk of money, more so than a modern machine made coin. Thick dumpy flan helps, along with the density of silver, at 10.5 gms/cc.
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 Posted 10/29/2020  8:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice specimen! I windowshop them but I can never quite do it....
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 Posted 10/29/2020  9:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just ... WOW!

Fantastic detail, and the flan size/shape just seems to accenuate it.

Thanks for sharing
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 Posted 10/29/2020  10:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jskirwin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice birdie. Welcome to the club.
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 Posted 10/30/2020  9:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I haven't seen any presentable examples for much less than $1000; mine cost $1150 which I thought was a relatively good deal. Bought it from an experienced dealer of ancients so hopefully it's genuine. I'm confident he will give me a refund if it were found to be a fake.
There is a big premium charged for examples with "full" helmet crest. I decided my coin should have a generally round flan, with centered strike on both sides, complete Athena profile, and sharp detail on the owl. This example meets those criteria and I'm very pleased with my purchase.
Thanks for all your comments!
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