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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 91. Estimate CHF2000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF3600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ATTICA, Athens. Circa 449-404 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 17.18 g 9), c. 420s/415-404. Helmeted head of Athena to right. Rev. ΑΘΕ Owl standing right, head facing; behind, olive spray and crescent moon. Agora XXVI 8h. Dewing 1625. Nicely toned. Extremely fine.

From the Anthemion collection, USA, ex Triton VII, 13 January 2004, 208.

This tetradrachm of Athens is a typical example of the type of coin being struck in the last decades of the 5th century, as can be seen by the frontal eye of Athena and the long legs of the owl. It is a clear precursor of those that began to be minted in the late 390s where Athena has been modernized to have a profile eye; though the owl is very similar to the late 5th century ones.