I was recently in the market for an Athena tetradrachm. They are plentiful in very nice grades. 500 Euros seems low for this coin in this condition but I think it is for good reason. Athena's nose is cut off. The scarcest and most desirable of these are the ones that shows the Athena portrait in full as well as the full crest of the helmet. This coin exhibits neither. Most examples that I have seen show a full portrait but a partial crest. The problem is the silver slug that was struck tended to be too small for the design. If the slug was flatter to begin with, then the coin was larger in diameter and could accommodate the full Athena design. In addition, the reverse owl seems to be missing detail in the center.
The question is what is your goal. To obtain a finer example with all elements of the design visible, or to obtain an artifact from antiquity at a more reasonable price. You have to think ahead to what is likely to make you happy. Hope this helps.
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Edited by numismatic student
11/22/2021 11:22 am