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480 B.C Coin

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posted on May, 29 2014 @ 06:39 PM
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So hanging out at the old mans house and he is rummaging through his interesting stuff and he finds this coin that an old friend had given him.
Supposedly a coin form 480 B.C, he doesn't think it is real, which is fair assumption as it is just in a plastic case with a little paper with a message about it.
This is what it looks like





Last two added cause the other ones were too bright
On the back with the owl it has what seems to be the letters A O L.
Decided I would post it here to see what you guys had to say about it
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posted on May, 29 2014 @ 06:45 PM
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Looks about like a coin from that era. The only way to find out if it is real is to bring it into someone who is a specialist at that. There are probably a lot of old coins floating around in people's attics and basements, many thrown out because they look like money from some kids game. I saw some in an attic one time in a box, didn't know what they were, I had to dump the stuff in a different box because the box bottom was bad. Most people do not know what old money looks like. Many gold coins are bronze color.



posted on May, 29 2014 @ 06:48 PM
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a reply to: rickymouse

Loaded some better ones in case you are interested



posted on May, 29 2014 @ 07:18 PM
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It's called an "Athenian Owl" and the dating is indeed correct.





Athenian Owls, thick, heavy, high-relief silver coins minted more than 2,000 years ago, were arguably the most influential of all coins, and the Classical Owl tetradrachm, pictured above, is the most widely recognized ancient coin among the general public today.



Here is a very in-depth web page about it.

Through the Ages: Athenian Owls



posted on May, 29 2014 @ 08:47 PM
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a reply to: Sremmos80

Got about a thousand bucks there


coinquest.com...

But like it says counterfeits abound.



posted on May, 29 2014 @ 09:00 PM
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a reply to: boymonkey74

Well that's good to know!

He says he is going to get it checked out in the next couple weeks.
Thanks everyone for the info, knew ATS wouldn't let me down



posted on May, 29 2014 @ 09:05 PM
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a reply to: Sremmos80
~the only way to really know is - find a vending machine from that era, and see if it works.

Otherwise - exceptionally COOL!



posted on May, 29 2014 @ 11:48 PM
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originally posted by: WanDash
a reply to: Sremmos80
~the only way to really know is - find a vending machine from that era, and see if it works.

Otherwise - exceptionally COOL!




Wonder if they would have coke or pepsi



posted on May, 29 2014 @ 11:59 PM
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a reply to: WanDash

vending machines didnt come around until the 1st century bc
besides that coins worth a hell of a lot more than a few ounces of holy water anyway

en.wikipedia.org...
(scroll down to inventions)
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posted on May, 30 2014 @ 01:01 AM
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originally posted by: sirhumperdink
vending machines didnt come around until the 1st century bc
besides that coins worth a hell of a lot more than a few ounces of holy water anyway

...en.wikipedia.org...
(scroll down to inventions)

Well - what good were they? I'm still waiting for evidence of 4th Century BC Credit/Debit cards...
So - do you think these "coins" came from a mint... Or - were they each produced by individual Craftsmen?
I'm sure I could research it...but, if it's already common knowledge among participants in these forums - why bother?



posted on May, 30 2014 @ 01:07 AM
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originally posted by: Sremmos80
...Wonder if they would have coke or pepsi

Did they have Roman Baths at the time?
Could have been the poor man/woman's "peep show" of the day.
Really, though - Athenian Owls?
Would these have been Greek coins?
Were they traded/recognized cross-culture...or just in Greece (and lands conquered by the Greeks)?
Interesting to think they were making 'coin' at such a point in history...



posted on May, 30 2014 @ 01:28 AM
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they would have been minted and were apparently used internationally

i am hobo already posted this excellent link athenianowlcoins.reidgold.com...


i found this especially interesting
"Like other great powers, Athens treated its money not only as a way of facilitating commerce and trade and projecting its image abroad but also as a way of making money. Athens earned seigniorage profits on each Owl minted, whether the source was freshly mined silver or the silver coins of other cities. The traders and merchants of other cities, in turn, liked Owls because of their easy exchangeability."



posted on May, 30 2014 @ 05:13 AM
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Quite interesting if real.

Of course, great age does not always mean great value. Roman coins are, while not exactly ten a penny, certainly pretty cheap to buy. The thing about coins is that there were loads of them minted.

Example of prices (not related to the OP's coin, but an eye-opener for those who think a 2000 year old coin must be worth a lot)...

www.coinsforsale.co.uk...



posted on May, 30 2014 @ 09:28 AM
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a reply to: Rob48
From your link:
greek coins

One of those looks like it may well be a very worn example of the OP's coin.

Harte



posted on May, 30 2014 @ 10:22 AM
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a reply to: Harte

Yes, could be. I have to say the OP's coin looks suspiciously "new" and unworn, unless it has been in its little plastic case since 400BC!



posted on May, 30 2014 @ 06:41 PM
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originally posted by: Rob48
Yes, could be. I have to say the OP's coin looks suspiciously "new" and unworn, unless it has been in its little plastic case since 400BC!

Well that kind of quality can happen... I have some old coins from the 19th century that look far better than ones from ~1970, lol. Its all about what happened to them after they where minted and how long they where in circulation before being "stored".



posted on May, 30 2014 @ 07:12 PM
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originally posted by: Rob48
Roman coins are, while not exactly ten a penny, certainly pretty cheap to buy. The thing about coins is that there were loads of them minted.


Wait... so minting more money has a negative effect on the value of the money?



Overproduced or not, old coins are cool. There's something very awesome about holding an ancient item which was once highly valued (like Wheat Pennies).



posted on May, 30 2014 @ 08:08 PM
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No this is just an old version of a CD for bronze/iron age computers. Notice the "AOL" inscription? If you can find a computer old enough to accept this into its disc drive you will receive 500 hours of free AOL service.

I used to grab handfuls of those free AOL cds when I was a kid and pretend they were futuristic razor sharp titanium throwing stars charged with a plasma coating. I didn't know what plasma was (still dont) but I assumed it would make the discs more lethal and could cut through anything like a hot knife through butter.



posted on May, 31 2014 @ 03:04 AM
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a reply to: burdman30ott6

I don't think he has a wheat penny but he has a silver one, always thought that one was cool too.
He is amateur coin collector so he has a couple cool things



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