Benefactor robinjojo Posted January 1 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted January 1 (edited) This coin was a very late pickup last year, via eBay. I've been following it for a couple of months, finally pulling the monetary trigger on the night of December 26th. This is another eastern imitation owl, in a NGC slab (came that way). I do not think this coin is of Egyptian origin, but instead further east, possibly Gaza or another city in the Levant. One must cut out a fairly large swath of real estate when attempting to attribute these coins. The style of this owl is of a fine nature, especially the reverse. The strike and centering are excellent. So, when it was offered in the CNG Feature Auction 121, why did it only hammer at $475, on a $750 estimate? One could argue that the estimate was just too high for an imitation owl, and that the very minor graffito on the obverse, on the cheek, made the coin less desirable. Perhaps the "3" assigned by NGC for surface turned off bidders obsessed with NGC's grading system. These could be contributing factors. Regardless, when the eBay listing price was changed to $550 the green light went on to buy it, so here it is. For me, the coin sold itself, not the NGC grade numbers. Athens, eastern imitation owl, late 5th- mid 4th centuries BC, Edward Merrin Collection. 17.05 grams This coin is pedigreed to the Edward H. Merrin Collection. Edward H. Merrin, who passed away on July 1, 2020, was one of the leading sellers and authorities for antiquities in New York City, a benefactor of Tuffs University and an author. The Merrin Gallery is one of the go-to places in New York City for antiquates ranging Classical Antiquity to Pre-Columbian cultures. Edward Merrin with his wife, Vivian The graffito on the obverse is also interesting. Could it be a Sabean "D". That's my guess, but nothing conclusive, for sure! Edited January 1 by robinjojo 12 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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