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Athens | Silver Owl | Tetradrachm | CH-VF 5x3 | Full Crest

This ancient Greek Silver Tetradrachm from Athens, dated 440-404 B.C., is a significant artifact of historical importance. Weighing 17.19 grams, it has been graded by NGC Ancients as Choice Very Fine (CH-VF) with a Strike rating of 5/5 and a Surface rating of 3/5. It belongs to the rare "Full Crest" series, notable for the prominent crest on Athena's helmet, making it highly desirable among collectors and historians.

The obverse depicts Athena, the revered goddess of wisdom and warfare, facing right and adorned with a detailed crested helmet. This feature underscores her martial prowess and her close association with Athens. The meticulous craftsmanship of her helmet and facial features in this "Full Crest" edition highlights the exceptional skill of ancient Athenian minters.

The reverse features the iconic Athenian owl, depicted standing with wings folded and looking forward. This owl, a symbol of Athena, emphasizes the city's devotion to the goddess. The design is complemented by additional elements like an olive branch and a crescent moon, enhancing the coin's symbolic significance and visual appeal.

Condition and Certification
Certified in Choice Very Fine condition, this coin strikes a balance between well-preserved detail and historical authenticity. The Strike rating of 5/5 indicates excellent detail definition, while the Surface rating of 3/5 acknowledges some signs of wear. The "Full Crest" designation further enhances its appeal by highlighting its unique features.

Historical Context
Minted during a pivotal period in Athenian history, this Silver Tetradrachm was used for trade, tribute, and military expenditures during the Peloponnesian War. It is a testament to Athens' economic and political power during its golden age, offering a tangible connection to classical antiquity.

The Attica Athens Silver Tetradrachm "Full Crest" is a remarkable piece with a rich historical legacy. Its NGC Ancients certification makes it a valuable addition to any collection. Austin Rare Coins & Bullion offers this item for those interested in acquiring this coin or exploring other ancient coins. Contact an Austin Rare Coins Advisor for more information on this exceptional piece and other ancient treasures.

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Athens | Silver Owl | Tetradrachm | CH-VF 5x3 | Full Crest
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