440-404 BC proof coin of Athens

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  1. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    Modern proof coins are made with specially prepared planchets and are often struck twice by freshly polished dies. The term proof is a method of manufacture and it is not a measurement or state of preservation. That being said...

    In my current fantasy, this is a proof Athens’ Tet. The planchet was especially prepared & handled carefully. It was placed by hand between freshly prepared polished dies. It may well have been struck twice to impart the high relief design. Isn’t this basically the description of proof manufacture? Unfortunately, we don’t have the original Athens mint packaging and certificate of authenticity which came with the Tet

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    You have to see this beast in-hand to fully appreciate the proof-like fields. Let’s see your ancients with proof-like fields or maybe some newly released Athena/owl Tets.

    Please post ‘em if you got ‘em.
     
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    Collect89 Coin Collector

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    Here’s a recent purchase. It appears like Athena has a feather on her cap. :)

    On the subject of Athens & Athena, can anyone recommend a book describing Athena/owl coins?
     
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  4. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate! Supporter

    Attica, Athens
    AR tetradrachm
    Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right
    Rev: Owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig to left, crescent behind, AΘE to right, all within incuse square
    Date: 454-404 BC
    Ref: SNG Copenhagen 31
    Size: 17.19g, 24mm

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  5. gbandy

    gbandy Junior Member

    Beautiful coin! I'd love to own one of these. I was actually in Athens and a few other places in Greece this summer, kept looking for a coin shop of some kind, would have bought one of these if I had the opportunity. Unfortunately I didn't even see a replica in any of the souvenir shops I looked in.
     
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