Greece 5-LEPTA (KM62)
Greece 5-LEPTA (KM62)

Greece 5-LEPTA (KM62) Owl

The Athenian owl first appeared on the silver Tetradrachm around 430 BCE, which was minted for over 300 years. Some Greek mythologists have suggested that the owl is actually the goddess Athena (who appeared on the other side of the first owl coins). Athena could shapeshift, and apparently Athena and the owl don't appear together in Greek art. You may read more about the Athenian owl here.

The version of the owl on this coin is more lifelike, but has less character than the original Athenian owl. It was engraved by Charles Pillet, whose signature appears on the bottom of the reverse.

This coin was minted one year only, in 1912.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 19.2 mm
  • Composition: Nickel
  • CAT#: KM62

Obverse Legend

ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΟΝ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΟΣ 1912

Reverse Legend

5 ΛΕΠΤΑ CH.PillEt

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