|Lot 57. Attica, Athens. Ca. 454-404 B.C. Fourrée tetradrachm (25 mm, 11.95 g, 10 h). Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye / ΑΘΕ, owl standing right, head facing; above and behind, olive sprig and crescent; all within incuse square. Cf. Kroll 8; cf. Svoronos pl. 14; cf. SNG Copenhagen 31-40. Small test cut on edge, small punh mark on owl's wing, no significant traces of core exposed. Minor porosity. Choice very fine. |
This coin is stylistically dissimilar to the known emergency tetradrachms of ca. 406/5 B.C. illustrated in J. Kroll, "The Piraeus 1902 hoard of plated drachms and tetradrachms (IGCH 46)," Essays Oeconomides, 1-2, and therefore is probably just a contemporary counterfeit.
Estimate: US$ 150