Gaul, Massalia, Obol


Gaul, Massalia, Obol (obverse) Gaul, Massalia, Obol (reverse)

Massalia, the modern city of Marseille, became an important center of trade soon after its foundtion by Greek merchants in the 7th century BC. Supposedly it was a reloading point for silver.

The issue of obols gives evidence of a vivid trade in Massalia, which made it necessary to mint small change coins. This obol shows the head of a youth on the obverse and a wheel with the letters M – A for Massalia on the reverse.


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