Mysia Pergamon Ae Question

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by S.Triggs, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. S.Triggs

    S.Triggs Member

    Hi folks, I just picked this up on a whim at auction, I'm usually a Roman collector but I love the Athena Owls and this being similar I decided to have a bid, lovely coin, won for £35. I was wondering if anyone could help me with a more precise identification? Would be interested to learn some history around it, the identification is
    MYSIA. Pergamon. Ae (Circa 133-27 BC).
    Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right within wreath.
    Owl standing right, head facing.

    Condition: Very Fine

    Weight: 6.30 gr
    Diameter: 17 mm

    I was wondering if it was the same as the coin sold here?

    Thanks guys!
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  3. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Seems like you don't need help to do the research. Yours would not sell for quite that much due to the tight flan but the price you paid was not too much.
  4. S.Triggs

    S.Triggs Member

    Ah good to know I didn't over pay, thanks, I'm not familiar with this coinage and just went for it based on visual appeal, was just curious to see if it was the same coin as above. Thanks!
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  5. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Owls are popular items so can cost a bit more. The same coin in the same condition but some boring person standing there would sell for less UNLESS the coin was a scarce item and there were several people seeking it. All coins have two 'values'. There is a value set by specialists who have been wanting a type ..... or not! There is a general appeal value set by people who see the coin and like it just like you did. In that case it makes no difference if the coin is rare or beautiful; all that is required is that it is worthy of adoption in someone's eyes. Your coin gets value from both.
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  6. Roman Collector

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    That's a nice coin, @S.Triggs ! I understand why you purchased it on impulse. I'm a Roman collector, too (duh!), but I made an impulse purchase for a similar item because I liked the owl:

    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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  7. S.Triggs

    S.Triggs Member

    That's a lovely coin, there's something about them that's rather collectable isn't there? In my hopes of ever owning a full Athena Attica issue, these coins will fill that gap for now!
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