ATHENS SILVER OBOL – GORGON WAPPENMUNZEN ISSUE – CHOICE FINE NGC GRADED GREEK ATTICA COIN (Inv. 15854)
ATTICA. ATHENS. Ca. 545-520/10 BC.
Silver obol (‘Wappenmünzen” Emission) , 0.61 g, 8 mm
Obv. Facing Gorgon head.
Rev. Quadripartite incuse square, with triangular segments.
Seltman pl. IV, υ; Svoronos, Monnaies, pl. I, 66–7; HGC 4, 1655
NGC graded CHOICE FINE, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5. The ‘Wappenmünzen’ were the first coins issued by the city of Athens and predate the famous “owl tetradrachms.” Known by their German nickname of ‘Wappenmünzen’ (literally “coins bearing a coat of arms”), they reproduce devices encountered as shield decorations on Attic vases that were originally (though incorrectly) believed to represent the crests of prominent Athenian families.