Not a Porsche, but a nice coin nonetheless!

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  1. Stanw891

    Stanw891 Active Member

    Just picked this up in auction. I have been gravitating towards Ancient Greek and Anatolian coins. My main historical interest is the Byzantines, and I love those coins, as I love the art of iconography. The Greek coins are so much more attractive in a different way than the Byzantines are.


    THE SIZE IS 16.8 MM AND 3.29 GRAMS.
    SNG Cop 385-91
    OBVERSE – Head of Athena right, wearing helmet decorated with star
    REVERSE – Owl standing facing on palm frond right, with wings spread, monogram to left and right.
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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Nice one, @Stanw891! I like those little owl coins from Pergamon. Here's mine.

    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).
  4. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Really nice pick up!... this one is not from Pergamon - but a recent pick up from Troas. Any coin featuring an Owl is cool IMO..

    Sigeium, Troas. AR drachm. 400-300 BC. 16mm, 3.09 g. Helmeted head of Athena facing three-quarters right. / ΣIΓE, owl standing right, head facing, crescent behind head.
  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    MYSIA.,Pergamon (200 - 133 B.C.)
    O: Helmeted head of Athena right.
    R: AΘΗ-ΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ, owl standing facing on palm, with wings spread, A monogram left and AP right.
    SNG von Aulock 1375-6 var; SNG Copenhagen 388 var
  6. Ryro

    Ryro They call me the 13th Caesar Supporter

    Lol! Nice call back and coin! Like Porsche used to brag when I was a kid, from zero to sixty in yadda yadda seconds, that post went from poop to Porsches in the mind of a mad man.
    Zeus, I love this coin type. It was the first artistic, but affordable owl I could purchase and enjoy the very militaristic, almost Spartan, Athena:
  7. Ignoramus Maximus

    Ignoramus Maximus Nomen non est omen.

    No Pergamese owl here, but I do have this charming diobol on offer: Pergamon diobol rev (2).jpg
    SNG Paris 1547.

    According to CNG:

    'The identification of the portrait on the reverse of this issue has been the subject of debate. The individualized features suggest it is the portrait of a person rather than the personification of a deity or mythical figure. Most recently, Winzer assigned this issue to Eurysthenes, but his attribution necessitates a downdating of the issue to circa 400 BC, which is unlikely, and also is based on a misinterpretation of Xenophon, Hellenica 3.1.6 (see Mørkholm, Pergamene, p. 182, note 1). The traditional dating of mid 5th century BC is probably correct, and the ruler of Pergamon during this time is uncertain. After the defeat of the Persians in the early fifth century, Gongylos of Eretria, who had served as an intermediary between the Spartans and Xerxes, was compelled to flee to Asia Minor, where he was granted the territory of Pergamon as a reward from the Great King. His descendants ruled over the city until at least 400 BC, so it is likely that the satrap depicted here is one of the Gongylid rulers'.

    Which, interestingly, makes it a possible candidate for the first portrait of a living person on a coin. At well under 35K, it's a steal!:happy:
  8. FitzNigel

    FitzNigel Medievalist Supporter

    Hey, if Gordians can be roaches, why can’t our owls be Porsches? Here’s my first:
    Anc-03-HKS-igb-Antiochos VII-AE16-7099regvar1.jpg Seleucid Empire - Syria
    Antiochos VII, r. 138-129 B.C.
    Ake-Ptolemaïs Mint, AE16, 16.21 mm x 2.6 grams
    Obv.: Helmeted Head of Athena Right
    Rev.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ EYEPΓETOY. Owl standing facing

    but I recently got this more souped-up model (apologies for the poor camera photo):
    Greece - Attica
    Athens c. 454-404 B.C.
    AR Tetradrachm, 24.69 mm x 17.24 grams
    Obv.: Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye
    Rev.: AΘE right, Owl standing right, head facing, closed tail feathers, olive spring and crescent to left, all within inches square
    Ref.: HGC 4-1597, SGCV 2526
  9. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    PORSCHE OWL with some poop...

    Athens Owl AR Tet 17.4g 20.4mm x 7.5mm Late Classical 393-300 BC, Sear 2537, SNG Cop. 63 edge-crud
    Ryro, Roman Collector, Bing and 2 others like this.
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