Attica, Athens - Outstanding Drachm

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While the tetradrachm of Athens is found in great profusion, the same cannot be said for the fractional issues, and in particular the drachms of the transitional period which saw the production of some of the finest dies in the series. The portraiture on this issue is all the more remarkable for the striking resemblance to those found on the dekadrachms (see Triton X, Jan 2007, lot 230). Indeed, the near perfect reproduction of the style apparent on the Triton coin with all of its idiosyncrasies suggests that we are looking at the work of the very same engraver. The reverse too is no less worthy of mention, for the use of perspective in the engraving and the unusually high relief of the owl is such that it seems to truly stand out from the coin in a way that is seldom, if ever, seen.

Attica, Athens AR Drachm. Circa 467-465 BC. 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 / AΘE, owl standing three-quarters right, head facing, olive sprig behind; all within incuse square. SNG Copenhagen -; Svoronos -; BMC -. 4.06g, 15mm, 12h.


Extremely Rare. Extremely Fine.