Benefactor robinjojo Posted November 10, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted November 10, 2022 This is my most recent addition to my very spotty collection of new style owls. While this coin does fill in a hole, the entire number of gaps resembles a piece of swiss cheese. The coin arrived today after a slight shipping delay from CNG. They've been very busy, this being "high season" for auctions, so shipments have slowed down, I've been told. This owl has an interesting reverse. How rare or scarce it is, I don't know. This is a Thompson 757d owl. Thompson has this to say about the reverse: "In the right field of the Herakleides-Eukles reverses there is an elaborate and somewhat puzzling symbol. A draped female figure with wings stands before an amphora on a low base. Her left hand holds a cornucopiae while her right is extended over the mouth of the amphora. This symbol has been variously described : Nike sacrificing with a patera, winged Tyche dropping a vote into an amphora, Nike crowning an amphora, and Nike holding a cornucopiae and dropping a voting pebble into a vase on a base. Uncertainty regarding the object in the right hand is inevitable in view of the small scale of the drawing and there is, furthermore, a lack of consistency in the representation. In some cases the woman seems to be holding ears of grain, as Nos. 751b and 753c (PLATE 82) and, even more clearly, No. 783b (PLATE 86). On other dies she has a rounded object which I think must be a patera (Nos. 756a and 757b of PLATE 82)." I doubt that the winged figure on the reverse is Tyche, and the figure on the reverse is winged. I've never seen a winged version of her, but someone might be better informed. I think the figure is meant to be Nike, holding a cornucopia, and since we just had a general election I go for the interpretation that she is drooping a vote pebble into an odd shaped amphora. I can't think what else that object could be. The coin is quite nice, with much detail, but it has been cleaned to a bright surface by someone with the cleaning zeal, making photographing it a challenge for me. I apologize for the marginal quality - still on a very long learning curve. This coin has a bold M for the month on the amphora as well as ΣO control below. Athens, new style tetradrachm, c. 165-42 BC, struck 106/5 BC. From CNG eAuction 525 lot 206. Thompson 757d 16.73 grams Since I am at best a rank armature when it come to new styles, any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks 14 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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