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Turtles and Tortoises on Ancient Coins

Greek Turtles minted on the island of Aegina were most likely the first coins struck in Europe. They were popular in their own time and accepted for payment far from the island. Because they were the first European coin type and because they are attractive and interesting, the Greek Turtle is considered a must have by many ancient coin collectors.


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 480 - 457 B.C.

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The turtle coin type is considered a "must have" by many ancient coin collectors because Aegina was probably the first place in Europe to issue coinage.
SH87350. Silver stater, Meadows Aegina group IIIa; BMC Attica p. 132, 85; SNG Cop 507; SNG Delepierre 1524; SNG MŁnchen 548; Dewing 1658; HGC 6 435, VF, well centered, nice light toning, countermark or banker's mark on shell, bumps and scratches, small edge cracks, weight 12.393 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Aigina mint, c. 480 - 457 B.C.; obverse sea turtle, head in profile, collar with three arcs (trefoil collar), row of dots down the center of the shell and two additional dots below the collar (T-back type), countermark (fish?) on shell; reverse incuse square divided into five irregular shaped sunken compartments (large skew pattern); ex Hixenbaugh Ancient Art (New York), ex Dr. Arthur Ziegler Collection (1992); $1500.00 (Ä1275.00)


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 456 or 445 - 431 B.C.

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Kraay, Archaic and Classical Greek Coins, 1976, p. 47, says the tortoise coins with segmented shell were probably introduced c. 456 BC, perhaps connected with the capture of Aegina by the Athenians in 457/456, or maybe in 445, when the Thirty Years Peace guaranteed Aegina's autonomy.
GS84454. Silver stater, SNG Delepierre 1535 1784; SNG Cop 516; SNG MŁnchen 561; BMC Attica p. 137, 146; Kraay 127; Dewing 1683; Milbank pl. 2, 12; SGCV I 2600; HGC 6 437, VF, tortoise all on flan, dark rose toning, banker's marks, flan splits, some corrosion, weight 12.265 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, Aegina mint, c. 456/445 - 431 B.C.; obverse marginated tortoise (Testudo marginata), shell segmented into 13 plates, seen from above; reverse incuse square divided into five compartments by bands in a skew pattern; SOLD


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 456 or 445 - 431 B.C.

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Kraay, Archaic and Classical Greek Coins, 1976, p. 47, says the tortoise coins with segmented shell were probably introduced c. 456 BC, perhaps connected with the capture of Aegina by the Athenians in 457/456, or maybe in 445, when the Thirty Years Peace guaranteed Aegina's autonomy.
SH76559. Silver stater, SNG Delepierre 1796; SNG Cop 516; SNG MŁnchen 561; BMC Attica p. 137, 146; Kraay 127; Dewing 1683; Milbank pl. 2, 12; SGCV I 2600; HGC 6 437, gF, high relief, die wear, contact marks, weight 11.704 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, Aigina (Aegina) mint, c. 456 or 445 - 431 B.C.; obverse land tortoise (Testudo marginata), shell segmented into 13 plates, seen from above; reverse incuse square divided into five compartments by bands in a skew pattern; ex Roma e-sale 10 (26 Jul 2014), lot 216; SOLD







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