APPARENTLY UNIQUE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT
9347. ATTICA, ATHENS, c. 515-510 BC. AR fraction, 0.87 gm., Unpublished, Sear_, SNG Copenhagen_, Plant_, SNG ANS_. Head of bull facing/Owl stg. l. AΘE to l., olive berry to r., all within incuse square. F. An apparently unique coin linking the Athenian Wappenmunzen series with the later owls. Attributed by David Sear.
"An extremely interesting coin. The obverse bucranium is well known on the 'Wappenmunzen' series of ca. 545-515 BC (cf. Svoronos, Corpus of the Ancient Coins of Athens, pl. 1, 45) but here the reverse is consistently a diagonally divided incuse square. The first 'owls' with a head of Athena on the obverse appear to have been introduced about 510 BC (cf. Svoronos pl. 2, 54-9 for fractions with a reverse type similar to this piece), but there seems to be no other known example of an overlap of types between these two distinct series."
Published in Plutarch and the Art, Plutarco y la iconografía numismática by Prof. Aurelio Pérez Jiméneze the University of Coimbra (Portugal). 2015.