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In honor of it being Superb owl Sunday, post a coin with an owl that you think is superb!

I'll start with a couple of favorites:

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.

Pergamon Athena Owl AE 15.jpg

Mysia, Pergamon, 200-133 BC.
Bronze Æ 15.7 mm, 3.55 g, 12 h.
Obv: Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with star.
Rev: AΘΗ-ΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ, owl standing facing on palm, with wings spread,TK monogram left and ΠΛ right.
Refs: SNG Copenhagen 388 (same); c.f. SNG von Aulock 1375-6, BMC 197-199, SNG France 1920-2, SNG BN 1913-6 (various monograms).
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I have a Athens Tet, but it isn't "superb", this little fella is.



MYSIA,Pergamon (200 - 133 B.C.)

O: Helmeted head of Athena right.
R: AΘΗ-ΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ, owl standing facing on palm, with wings spread, A monogram left and AP right.
SNG von Aulock 1375-6 var; SNG Copenhagen 388 var

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LOL - I am wondering if we should post some Eagles as well, this one from Ptolemy XII and not the easiest to attribute:


or perhaps a coin from Philadelphia or perhaps this Eagle from Ptolemy II Philadelphos...(more on this Galatians in Egypt)


I have a few coins and other artifacts from various Chiefs (mostly Celtic) but have never been much of a fan.😉


  Here's a Superb Owl (Sear 2547)


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Wow, fantastic owls, coiners

Ummm, I am a hard-core 49ers fan (must be the miner-blood?)

I hate that little punk from KC, so I am on-board the Philly band-wagon!!

... anyway ... 

=> here are a few of my Superb Owls 

Cheers, my ol' coin friends



Calabria Tarentum AR Drachm.jpg

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Phoenicia Tyre Dolphin & Owl Shekel.jpg

Pontos Amisos AR Siglos.jpg

Troas Sigeion.jpg

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JUDAEA, Macedonian Period. Hezekiah
Circa 332-302/1 BCE
AR Half Gerah – Ma’ah 8mm, 0.27 g
 Facing head of male
Owl standing right, head facing; HPḤH (in Phoenician) to left, YḤZQYH (in Phoenician) to right
MCP YHD 24, dies O9/R11; Meshorer 22; Hendin 6069; HGC 10, 450; Bromberg 319; Shoshana II 20048; cf. Sofaer 20; Spaer 22
Ex Bes Collection



Phrygia. Dorylaion
300-100 BCE
AE 10.52mm 1.22g
Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena right
Reverse: ΔΟΡΙ, owl standing right, head facing, spearhead in right field
Winterthur 4088
Ex Marc Breitsprecher



Phoenicia. Tyre. ‘Uzzimilk
RY 10 = 340/39 BCE
Shekel Silver, 20 mm, 8.21 g, 12 h
Deity, holding reins in his right hand and bow in his left, riding hippocamp to right above two lines of waves; below, dolphin right.
Rev. Owl standing right, head facing; crook and flail in background; to right, date and ' (in Phoenician).
DCA 918. E&E-T 1146-8. HGC 10, 349
Ex collection of Dr. A. Drakul.
Ex Leu



Egypt, Achaemenid Province. Sabakes, satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Circa 340-333 BCE
16.61g, 25mm, 9h.
Head of Athena to right, wearing earring, necklace, and crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl / Owl standing to right with head facing, olive sprig with berry and crescent in upper left field; uncertain letters to left, ""Sabakes symbol"" and SWYK (in Aramaic) to right.
Van Alfen Type III, 24-34 var. (O11/R- [unlisted rev. die]); Nicolet-Pierre, Monnaies 18-26 (same obv. die); SNG Copenhagen 4 var. (no letters on left of rev.); BMC 265 var. (same).
Ex Roma



IONIA. Pedasa
Circa 4th century BCE
AE 10 mm, 1.58 g, 12 h
Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet.
Rev. ΠΗΔΑ-ΣΕΩΝ Owl with closed wings standing right, head facing.
H. von Aulock: Eine neue kleinasiatische Münzstätte: Pedasa (Pidasa) bei Milet, in: JNG 25 (1975), pp. 123-8
Ex collection of G. Plankenhorn
Ex Leu

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A few Owls:


This owl thinks she is an eagle:


Pontos, Amisos
AR Reduced Siglos, 4th century BC
Obv.: Draped bust of Hera right, wearing turreted diadem
Rev.: Owl standing facing with spread wings, monograms
Ag, 3.69g, 17.4 mm
Ref.: SNG Copenhagen 129 var.


A Pergamon Owl withh too much coffee:


Mysia, Pergamon
AE16, 200-133 BC
Obv.: Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet with star
Rev.: Owl with spread wings standing on palm, ΑΘΗΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ above and below, AP MH monograms left and right
AE, 3.26g, 16mm
Ref.: BMC 202


before  coffee:


MYSIA. Pergamon.
Circa 133-27 BCE
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right within wreath
Rev: AΘHNAΣ APEIAΣ, Owl standing right, head facing.
Ref.: SNG von Aulock 7488 var. (wreath)
AE, 7.30g, 19.30mm.


Ah, a serpent. What a nice place to sit.


Mysia, Pergamon
AE 17
Obv.: laureate head of bearded Asklepios
Rev.: AΣKΛHΠIOY ΣΩTHPOΣ, Asklepian snake coiled around omphalos, owl standing on the snake's back
AE, 8.66g, 17.3mm
Ref.: BMC Mysia p. 129, 160; SNGvA 1371; SNG BnF 1813; SNG Cop -


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A little late but here's a fairly superb owl.

ATTICA, Athens. Circa 454-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm (24.5mm, 17.14 g, 1h). Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye / Owl standing right, head facing; olive spray and crescent to left; all within incuse square. Starr pl. XXII, 1’–3’; Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597. 




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