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Choice Athenian Tetradrachm

Choice Athenian Tetradrachm

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Today we continue our preview of the ancient coins featured in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo with a highly collectible and popular type, an Athenian Tetradrachm. The Golden Age of Athens resulted in this lovely coin, as well as a flourishing of culture that occurred thanks to the playwrights Sophocles and Euripides, the first historians Herodotus and Thucydides, the physician Hippocrates, and the father of Western philosophy, Socrates.
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Choice Thurium Distater

Choice Thurium Distater

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is excited to offer a plethora of lovely ancient coins in our upcoming Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. This week’s ancient coin highlight is a toned and attractive Distater from the Greek colony of Thurium, located in the south of Italy, at the “arch” of the boot. This colony was founded by Athenians around 443 B.C. The “Father of History” Herodotus is likely to have been one of the first colonists to settle here, and is credited with the earliest known critical historical work. 
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Remarkably Choice Starr Group Athenian Tetradrachm – The Pinnacle of Athenian Artistic Style

Remarkably Choice Starr Group Athenian Tetradrachm – The Pinnacle of Athenian Artistic Style

By Kent Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director, World and Ancient Coins; Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The January New York International Numismatic Convention and subsequent Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio numismatic auction usher in the New Year for the numismatic world. This venue regularly offers a multitude of superb ancient coins. It seems proper to celebrate the beginning of a new year with a look back to the ancient legacy of our common pastime. The Ancient Greeks used the term “Nomisma” (loosely referring to coins) from which we adapted the title of this profession to “Numismatics.” Athens, Greece  the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy — offers the first ancient coin highlight for our January New York auction, and it represents the pinnacle of Athenian artistic style to be found on a coin.

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