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Got My First Athenian Owl Tetradrachm.

 
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 Posted 05/28/2021  12:20 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Volvicch to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've wanted one of these since I started collecting, but it had to be of a reasonably good quality. I recently came into some money and a local auction-house had a few Athenian Owls up for sale. It was expensive but so worth it, now I just have to get a capsule that will hold it. I'm mainly a crown-size silver collector but getting one of these from Ancient Greece has always been a goal. I'm looking to expand the ancient part of my coin collection so if you have any books to recommend, you have my thanks.




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 Posted 05/28/2021  04:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's a beauty! I do not know much about them except that a lot of fakes abound. Make sure it is the real deal,and I hope it is.Congrats.
John1
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 Posted 05/28/2021  11:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sir Derrin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congrats! Very nice! I am always impressed when I see a 2000 plus year old coin that looks that good!
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 Posted 05/28/2021  11:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Impressive coin with great eye appeal. Congrats.
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 Posted 05/28/2021  10:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Volvicch to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everyone. @john1 I got it from a well-known auction house here in Spain, so I'm fairly sure it's the real deal. I did read as much as I could about this particular coin before I placed my bids though. Now I'm looking to get a book about ancient coins, to see if there is something else I could add to my collection. The Sicilian tetra/decadrachms are lovely.
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 Posted 05/29/2021  04:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am glad to hear that it is a genuine piece,it looks great.
John1
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 Posted 06/01/2021  6:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you want to browse ancient eye candy, look at CNG's auctions. Beautifully photographed. Take a look at Mysia, the Achaemenids and the Seleucids. The little Mysia obols are exquisite and not expensive....but beyond that the prices can get steep....
"Two minutes ago I would have sold my chances for a tired dime." Fred Astaire
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 Posted 06/01/2021  7:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
On the screen, looks to be an excellent coin to my eye.

Nevertheless, these are often faked, sometimes in good silver. Learn as much as you can about them at every opportunity.
Look at Google images:
'very deceiving Athenian Owl fakes'

Calvary Coins (Canada) has a very good and extensive article of the forgery of ancient coins generally, and what signs to look out for. It will take lots of time to read it all, but well worth the effort for any serious collector of ancient coins.
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06/02/2021 03:55 am
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 Posted 06/01/2021  9:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A superb example, Volvicch. Amazing detail for a coin that has been in existence for two millennia.
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 Posted 06/10/2021  8:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Volvicch to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everyone. @sel 69l: Where could I go to get it authenticated? A museum?
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 Posted 06/10/2021  8:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Stunning coin, looks almost too good to be true!
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