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Sadly for some of the coin friends, I've recently caught the owl bug even though i don't have one yet. Do you have an owl? if so, show them off here! Any owl will do, from mass issue tetradrachms to hemiobols to even transitional dekadrachms! More unusual ones like Philistine and Ptolemaic and Mytilene owls are welcome too!

Here's a picture I drew of a rare owl didrachm that's in the British Museum 😃

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Some owls !!

 

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Attica. Athens
Triobol (454-404 BC)
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev: A - Θ - Ε, Owl standing facing between olive sprays.
Ag, 2.0g, 11mm
Ref.: Kroll 12.

 

 

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Attica. Athens
New Style Tetradrachm
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev: Owl standing right on amphora, Dioscuri left, holding sceptre and patera, A - ΘE flanking owl's head, MIKIΩN EYPYKΛEI ΣΩKRATHΣ magistrates, ME below amphora, E on amphora. All within wreath
AR, 16.22g,29mm
Ref.: Thompson 483 a,b

 

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Mysia, Pergamon
AE18, 200-133 BC
Obv.: Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet with star
Rev.: little Owl with spread wings standing on palm, ΑΘΗΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ above and below, K Σ monogram
AE, 2,99g, 17.6mm
Ref.: BMC 133,197; SNG France 1920-2

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Haha.........I knew I shouldn't have shown my archaic owl in the archaic coins thread and kept it for another time! Anyway, here it is again. 

(Forgot to add, wish I could draw like you nikitov.....would love to sketch coins like that).

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OWLS:

Everybody's Got These...

But, I enjoy my bankers marks...means they have been AROUND!


(She is aiming for your windshield...)
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Athens Owl AR Tet 17.4g 20.4mm x 7.5mm Late Classical 393-300 BC, Sear 2537, SNG Cop. 63 edge-crud

(OOPS! Lost her head...)
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Athens Owl AR Tet 17.2g 22mm x 6.7mm thick Late Classical 393-300 BC, Sear 2537, SNG Cop. 63

(This one is sitting on her Egg)
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Athens Owl AR Tet 17.3g 22.9mm x 6.8mm thick Late Classical 393-300 BC, Sear 2537, SNG Cop. 63 crud

(BAMM! Right between the eyes...)
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Athens Owl Tet 16.8g 22x6-5mm Late Classical 393-300 BC, Sear 2537, SNG Cop. 63

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Owls:

Easier Ones:


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Calabria Tarentum AR Drachm 18mm 3.1g 3rd C BCE Athena Corinthian Scylla OWL olive TAP ZOP HN Italy 975 Vlasto 1052


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Sicily Kamarina AE 15mm 3.4g 420-405 BCE Athena Owl Lizard 3 dots Sear Gk 1063


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SICILY Kamarina Æ Onkia 13mm 1.5g 420-405 BCE Gorgon tongue - KAMA owl r lizard in claw pellet in ex SNG Münch 411
EX: One of @John Anthony 's past auctions...

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My only owl, purchased ca. 2004 or so - notice cut at owl's right eye - like a test cut.  When I purchased this then it was by a considerable sum the most expensive coin I had purchased - must have been fortunate because this purchase eclipsed in expense many times the over.

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Cities with ties to Athens used bronze coins with owl iconography. This little one from Sigeion (Latin Sigeium) would have been used in everyday transactions.

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Troas, Sigeion, c. 335 BC.
Greek Æ 12.2 mm, 2.37 g, 5 h.
Obv: Head of Athena facing slightly right, wearing triple crested helmet and necklace.
Rev: ΣΙΓΕ, owl standing right, head facing; crescent to left.
Refs: BMC 17.86,7-10; SNG von Aulock 7637; SNG Ashmolean 1214–6; SNG Copenhagen 496–8; Sear 4145.

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I just remembered I have this coin in a tray of coins I never look at any more. I just got it out now to look at it for the first time in ages. Despite that, being my first ever auction win, it holds a special place.

I bought it from CNG in 2010. Living in another country, I wanted to test the auction process out on a cheap coin first (though at $170 I'm not sure it was really that cheap).

Anyway, it is struck on such a small flan, but is ridiculously thick, it's lucky so much of the owl made it. Even Athena is almost managing a smile.

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OWLS...

Harder to Get:


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Teate Apulia 225-220 BCE AE Quincunx 12.5g 26.5mm Athena R Corinthn helmet - TIATI owl K 5 pellets - BMC HN Italy 702a SNG Cop 689 var R


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Athens Attica 454-404 BCE ARr hemidrachm 16mm 2.08g Athena frontal eye - facing Owl wings closed olive branches COP 70 SG 2528


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Athens 340-317 BCE BC AE 12 Athena attic helmet R- Double bodied Owl with head facing E olive sprigs kalathos RARE BMC 224


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Tyre 1-16 shekel 10mm 0.47g hippocamp l over waves - owl with crook flail Sear Greek 5916.BMC Tyre 43 5th-4th BCE


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Sicily Kalakte AE unit 2nd C BCE Head Athena in Helmet - Owl rev R

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2 hours ago, Di Nomos said:

I just remembered I have this coin in a tray of coins I never look at any more. I just got it out now to look at it for the first time in ages. Despite that, being my first ever auction win, it holds a special place.

I bought it from CNG in 2010. Living in another country, I wanted to test the auction process out on a cheap coin first (though at $170 I'm not sure it was really that cheap).

Anyway, it is struck on such a small flan, but is ridiculously thick, it's lucky so much of the owl made it. Even Athena is almost managing a smile.

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@Di Nomos I’ll give you $180 for it!

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My, oh my => dems some very cool lookin' owls!! ... great effort, coin-gang

 

Ummm, here are a few of my sweet ol' owls ... 

 

Athenian Attic Owl AR Tetradrachm (below)

After Circa 413 B.C.

Mint: in imitation of the contemporary coinage of Athens (Egypt or Syria)

Diameter: 26.4 x 22.2 mm

Weight: 15.2 grams

Obverse: head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves along the front edge, palmette on bowl, and spiral behind ear, her hair drawn across forehead in parallel curves

Reverse: AΘE (the first letter represented as a triangle) before owl standing right, head facing, in erect posture, olive sprig and lunar crescent in upper field to left, all within incuse square

Reference: cf. Kraay (Archaic and Classical Greek Coins) pp. 73-74 and pl. 12, 204

Other: two deep test cuts on owl’s head and wing

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CALABRIA, Tarentum. AR Drachm (below)

Circa 302-280 BC

Diameter: 16 mm

Weight: 3.23 grams

Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena right, helmet decorated with Skylla throwing stone

Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing; ZOP and olive branch to right

Reference: Vlasto 1047; HN Italy 975

Other: 12h … toned, struck with worn reverse die

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SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA (below)

Kleopatra Thea & Antiochos VIII

125-121 BC - Dated SE 190 (123/2 BC)

Antioch mint

diameter: 19 mm

weight: 7.21 grams

obverse: Diademed head of Antiochos VIII right

reverse: Owl standing right, head facing, on fallen amphora; IE to inner right, P(retrograde)P (date) and piloi in exergue

reference: SC 2263.2g; HGC 9, 1189; DCA 264

other: 1h, black patina with some earthen highlights

Ex-stevex6

 

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PHOENICIA, Tyre. Uncertain king (below)

AR Twenty-fourth Shekel 

Circa 393-311/0 BC

Diameter: 7.2 mm

Weight: 0.46 grams

Obverse: Dolphin leaping right

Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing; crook and flail in background

Reference: E&E-T Group III.1.2.d, 1655-1710; HGC 10, 329 corr. (denomination)

Other: 6h … toned, minor porosity. Choice for issue

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PONTOS, Amisos. AR Siglos (below)

3rd-2nd centuries BC

Diameter: 17 x 15mm

Weight: 3.98 grams

Obverse: Head of Hera right, wearing turreted crown

Reverse: Owl standing facing, wings spread

Reference: PCW-G4116-PONTOS, Cf. RG 11; Cf. SNG BM Black Sea 1118-9

Other: Well struck on a nice full flan … well-centered. Couple of small natural deposit spots on reverse field

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TROAS, Sigeion. Æ20 (below)

4th-3rd centuries BC

Diameter: 20 mm

Weight: 8.03 grams

Obverse: Head of Athena facing slightly right, wearing triple crested helmet and necklace

Reverse: Double-bodied owl standing facing; crescent to right

Reference: SNG München 304-6; SNG von Aulock 1570; SNG Copenhagen 493

Other: 12h … rough brown surfaces

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... owls are very cool birds and they are a favourite on coins (they are always very sought after)

 

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Athens Ar Tetradrachm circa 465/2-454 BC Obv Helmeted head of Athena right Rv. Owl walking right haed facing  Starr Group V A(1) 16.91 grms 23 mm Photo by W. Hansen1926884277_athens22(3).jpg.c939f4f8c661ed0ffe1b949a98218365.jpgThis coin marks the transition from the earlier archaic coinage to the later mass coinage which current scholarship has commencing in 454 BC. On this example the head of Athena is already going through some of the process of simplification that achieves its apogee in the mass coinage. However in this case the reverse steadfastly maintains its more traditional look. 

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55 minutes ago, Etcherdude said:

@Di Nomos I’ll give you $180 for it!

Wasn't expecting that! Thankyou Etcherdude for what is certainly a fair offer.

I'm tempted, though I had intended to give this (and a few other minor pieces) to my youngest daughter as presents sometime, as she seems to be taking an interest in ancient history and coins. 

So I'll decline the offer sorry. Though she'd probably prefer the $180 than the coin if I told her. I'll remember you if in the next year or so her interests head in other directions!

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