Superb Owl Sunday

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  1. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Since today is "Superb Owl Sunday", let's celebrate the day with some Superb Owls we own.

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    MYSIA.,Pergamon (200 - 133 B.C.)
    Æ16
    O: Helmeted head of Athena right.
    R: AΘΗ-ΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ, owl standing facing on palm, with wings spread, A monogram left and AP right.
    3.6g
    16mm
    SNG von Aulock 1375-6 var; SNG Copenhagen 388 var

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    Attica, Athens (353 - 294 B.C)
    AR Tetradrachm
    O: Helmeted head of Athena right. Pi Style 3
    R: AΘE Owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig and crescent to left; all within incuse square.
    16.59g
    21 mm
    Kroll -; HGC 4, 1599

    Ex. Numismatik-Naumann, Auction 52, Lot 126
     
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  4. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Hey brother can you spare a half dime?

    I love Owls maybe one day I will aquire 1. Nice specimens guys thanks.
     
  5. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    Mine I bought as a graduation gift to myself, but it got sold during the purge. I could buy it back, but I am looking for a nicer one

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  6. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    My little parliament!
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  7. FitzNigel

    FitzNigel Medievalist

    I can contribute this year!
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    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
     
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  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I'll play:

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    Troas, Sigeion, c. 335 BC.
    Greek Æ 12.2 mm, 2.37 g, 5 h.
    Obv: Head of Athena facing slightly right, wearing triple crested helmet and necklace.
    Rev: ΣΙΓΕ, owl standing right, head facing; crescent to left.
    Refs: BMC 17.86,7-10; SNG von Aulock 7637; SNG Ashmolean 1214–6; SNG Copenhagen 496–8; Sear 4145.

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    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).

    And GO BENGALS!

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    Gallienus, 253-268 AD.
    Roman Æ Antoninianus, 2.63 g, 20.8 mm, 5 h.
    Rome Mint, 10th emission, 267-268 AD.
    Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right.
    Rev: LIBERO P CONS AVG, tiger walking left, B in exergue.
    Refs: RIC 230K; Göbl 713b; Cohen 586; RCV 10281; Cunetio 1341; Hunter 112.
     
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  9. kirispupis

    kirispupis Supporter! Supporter

    Funny, I've celebrated this for some time on the nature forums, and I never realized it also applies here. :)

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    Sophytes, 'Athenian Series' AR Tetradrachm
    Uncertain mint, circa 323-240 BCE
    16.48g, 21mm, 1h.
    Attic standard. Head of Athena to right, wearing earring, necklace, and crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette and grape bunch on the bowl / Owl standing to right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind, AΘE before; all within incuse square
    Cf. Bopearachchi, Sophytes Series 1A; cf. Roma XIV, 341 corr. (grape bunch on rev.)
    Ex 1960s Andragoras-Sophytes Group
    Ex Roma​


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    ATTICA, Athens
    AR Tetradrachm 22.5mm, 17.18g, 1h
    Circa 454-404 BCE
    Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597
    Ex CNG inventory June 2004
    Ex CNG January 2021​


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    Kings of Thrace. Agathokles, son of Lysimachos
    circa 290s-283/2 BCE Adramyteion
    AE Bronze, 13 mm, 1.90 g, 11 h
    Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. AΓA-ΘO Double-bodied owl standing facing.
    HGC 3 -. Terin Series 7, 8
    Ex Leu​


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    Egypt, Achaemenid Province. Sabakes, satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Circa 340-333 BC.
    16.61g, 25mm, 9h.
    Head of Athena to right, wearing earring, necklace, and crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl / Owl standing to right with head facing, olive sprig with berry and crescent in upper left field; uncertain letters to left, "Sabakes symbol" and SWYK (in Aramaic) to right.
    Van Alfen Type III, 24-34 var. (O11/R- [unlisted rev. die]); Nicolet-Pierre, Monnaies 18-26 (same obv. die); SNG Copenhagen 4 var. (no letters on left of rev.); BMC 265 var. (same).
    Ex Roma​


    And, of course, the non-silvery kind.
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  10. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate!

    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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  11. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

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    SICILY, Kamarina
    Æ Onkia, 13mm, 1.5g, 9h; 420-405 BC
    Obv.: Gorgoneion, protruding tongue, smooth neat hair tied with ribbon, symmetrical locks on forehead.
    Rev.: KAMA; owl standing right, head facing, lizard in left claw, pellet in exergue.
    Reference: SNG München 411 / 16-385-50
     
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  12. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

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    ATTICA, Athens. c. 165-42 BC.
    AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.7 g, 12h).
    New Style coinage. Polemon, Alketes and Aris, magistrates.
    Obv.: Helmeted head of Athena right.
    Rev.: A - ΘE / ΠΟΛΕ - ΜΩΝ / ΑΛΚΗ – ΤΗΣ / APIΣ; Owl standing right on amphora; to tripod to left, Θ on amphora, ΣΦ below.
    Reference: Thompson 469a


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    ATTICA, Athens. Circa 165-42 BC
    AR Tetradrachm, 27mm, 16.6g, 12h, New Style. Socrates, Dionysodoros, and Zoilos, magistrates. Struck 116/5 BC.
    Obv.: Helmeted head of Athena right.
    Rev.: A-ΘE / ΣOKΡ / ATHΣ / ΔIONΥ / ΣOΔΩ / MOY / ΣΩI; Owl standing right, head facing, on amphora; in right field, facing cult statue of Apollo Delios, holding Three Graces and bow; B on amphora, ΣO below.
    Reference: Thompson 616a
     
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  13. Amit Vyas

    Amit Vyas Well-Known Member

    Here is my only owl besides an “eastern imitation” of the same type I haven’t had the motivation to photograph so far, given how ugly it looks. :)

    Attica, Athens: AR Tetradrachm, c. 454-404 BC, Kroll 8, Dewing 1591-8, SNG Copenhagen 31 (17.17 g, 24 mm)

    Obverse: Head of Athena right, in crested Attic helmet ornamented with three olive leaves above visor and spiral palmette on bowl, wearing round earring with central boss

    Reverse: Owl standing to right with head facing, olive sprig and crescent behind, ΑΘΕ before; all within incuse square. Crescent-shaped banker’s mark.

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  14. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    I don't know about "superb," but here's the one I have. I am never going to be a serious collector of Greek coins, but this design is really attractive. And to think the ancient people made this with two dies, an anvil and a hammer!

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  15. Gam3rBlake

    Gam3rBlake Well-Known Member

    My one and only owl. :)

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  16. Carl Wilmont

    Carl Wilmont Supporter! Supporter

    Maybe this is a "Burrowing Owl" :)

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  17. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    These are all really beautiful pieces - I'd share my only owl, except it's not an ancient. Thanks to everyone who's shared theirs!
     
  18. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Here are some of my owls. :)

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    Also a "super" owl standing on a giant snake. :)

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  19. Kaleun96

    Kaleun96 Well-Known Member

    This seems like a good opportunity for me to share this "still image" from a recent 360 Photo I made for my Superb Owl. It's one of my favourite images from any of the 360 photos I've done of my coins and gives a different perspective to a coin we've all seen thousands of times.
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  20. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Many of us collect modern as well, so go for it!
     
  21. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    That graphic is WAY cool. :cool:
     
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