Jumping On The Owl Bandwagon

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Nemo, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. Nemo

    Nemo Well-Known Member

    I've been enjoying all the end of the year top 10 lists, here's one that will likely make mine.
    Athens Owl Tet1.jpg

    I wanted one that showed the break in the crest, the hair under the helmet and a reverse showing the squared punch. With just slight wear at the high points, this one ticked every box!
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I need to get one as well and yours is perfect. My address is..........
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  4. Nemo

    Nemo Well-Known Member

    Thanks @Bing, I'm glad you like it. :) I don't know if prices will continue to drop but I felt it was time to pull the trigger.
  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I doubt they will drop much more. Yours is a very nice example. Full crest, earring, nice detailed owl. I don't think one could expect more from one of these. I need to pull that trigger, but my finger just doesn't work well when the prices are high. Not high for the type, but still not cheap. Congratulations!!
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2019
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  6. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    That is a great example @Nemo congrats.
  7. jwitten

    jwitten Well-Known Member

    Very nice! I once owned a nice one, but sold it a few years ago. I've been browsing for a nice one to replace it for the last month or so. I am a newish ancient collector, so prefer them to be slabbed by NGC, which I know is somewhat frowned upon by most ancient collectors, lol. If yours came along for the right price in a ngc slab, I would have bought it in a heartbeat!
  8. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Perfect, you can almost see the pupils in the owl's eye balls. Congrats.
  9. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    I wanted to purchase an Owl at last years NYINC show.. Kind of expensive.. I might try again at the 2020 NYINC.. If it's a good price.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2019
  10. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    WOW! That’s a fantastic example. Congrats!!
  11. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Very nice example

  12. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    Very nice—I love it.
  13. Nemo

    Nemo Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the kind comments, I really appreciate it. I hope everyone gets the owl of their dreams as all these beauties come to market.
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  14. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I have seen owls which were better than yours on each of the points mentioned but yours is just about the best balance of each of these points that I have seen. I assume the amount of wear scared off some competition and people seem to prefer coins with more space above the crest at the top and don't care as much about the hair at the bottom. If there could be one factor I would like to have been better it would be more of the E and relief on the bottom of the incuse square. I call this a wonderful coin.
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  15. Nemo

    Nemo Well-Known Member

    Thanks Doug, I agree with all of the above. A no compromise coin would be out of my price range, the flaws made it just perfect for me. In hand, there is nice light toning and amazing mint luster.

    Of course I already own an Athens owl that has the full ethnic...
  16. Mkman123

    Mkman123 Well-Known Member

    man I love that owl!!
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  17. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Great example. Thanks for showing.
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  18. savitale

    savitale Active Member

    Nice! It’s rare to see such a full design.
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  19. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Nemo, Better late than never ;). Your Owl has the perfect size planchet, is perfectly centered, & is well struck :D! You will now be officially inducted into the CT Owl Ornithology Group. :cool:
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  20. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    Your coin has another cool feature that you can check off and that’s the distinctive flow lines around Athena’s face radiating outward from the center of the coin.
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  21. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Well-Known Member

    I think this coin represents the perfect balance of a negligible tradeoff. I absolutely agree that sacrificing a smidgen of grade is worth maximizing all of the other attributes.
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