ATHENS SILVER OBOL – FIRST WAPPENMUNZEN ISSUE OF THE CITY – XF NGC GRADED GREEK ATTICA COIN (Inv. 15089)
ATTICA. ATHENS. Ca. 545-520/10 BC.
Silver obol (‘Wappenmünzen” Emission) , 8 mm
Obv. Four-spoked wheel.
Rev. Quadripartite incuse square, with triangular segments.
SNG Copenhagen 8.
NGC graded XF, toned. 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.