I received in the mail early this week my first coin of 2019 - an Athenian Tetradrachm: From the January 2nd CNG e-Auction 435, Lot 54 showing their picture above and the lot description below.ATTICA, Athens. Circa 454-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 17.18 g, 1h). Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye / Owl standing right, head facing, closed tail feathers; olive sprig and crescent to left; all within incuse square. Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597. Good VF, underlying luster, compact flan. I've been looking at these for a while now and all the ones I really, really liked were way beyond my meager budget, but I'm more than pleased with the specimen I selected. Sure, she is lacking a full crest obv (top of helmet) and a bit of olive sprig on the reverse but otherwise has all of the features I wanted which were having Athena in full and not missing any facial features, having the owl complete, being able to read and without any test cuts. Perhaps if I held out the search a bit longer, or had a bigger budget, I could have scored a slightly nicer coin but now in hand I don't think I'd trade her. @zumbly posted a very nice one in his top list from last year and I hope he'll post it here and I'd love to see more owls from wherever they may come.