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Aegina, Islands off Attica, Greece

Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf, 17 miles (27 km) from Athens. According to tradition the island is named for Aegina, the mother of Aeacus, who was born on and ruled the island. During ancient times Aegina was a rival to Athens, the great sea power of the era. Aegina was probably the first place in Europe to issue coinage, because of that the turtle coin type is considered a "must have" by many ancient coin collectors.


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.
SH77372. Silver stater, SNG Delepierre 1793; SNG Cop 516; SNG München 561; BMC Attica p. 137, 146; Kraay 127; Dewing 1683; Milbank pl. 2, 12; SGCV I 2600; HGC 6 437, aEF, attractive tortoise struck in high relief, banker's marks, light graffito obverse left field, flan crack, weight 11.987 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, Aigina (Aegina) mint, c. 456/445 - 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 Heritage Auction 3020 (Long Beach, 6-11 Sep 2012), lot 24968; SOLD


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 520 - 500 B.C.

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Greek Turtles minted on the island of Aegina are believed to have been 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.
SH35525. Silver stater, Milbank pl. I, 2-3; SNG Delepierre 1559 ff., VF, banker's marks, weight 12.184 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, Aegina mint, obverse smooth-shelled sea turtle in high relief; reverse Union Jack incuse punch; toned; 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.
GA28049. Silver stater, SNG Delepierre 1787; SNG Cop 516; SNG München 561; BMC Attica p. 137, 146; Kraay 127; Dewing 1683; Milbank pl. 2, 12; SGCV I 2600; HGC 6 437, Choice gVF, well struck with high relief, nice metal, toned, weight 12.338 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, Aigina (Aegina) mint, c. 456 or 445 - 431 B.C.; obverse land tortoise (Testudo marginata), shell segmented into 13 plates, seen from above, small countermark; reverse incuse square divided into five compartments by bands in a skew pattern; SOLD







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REFERENCES

Head, B. Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum, Attica - Megaris - Aegina. (London, 1888).
Holloway R.R. "An Archaic Hoard from Crete and the Early Aeginetan Coinage" in ANSMN 17 (1971).
Milbank, S.R. The Coinage of Aegina. Numismatic Notes and Monographs No. 24. (New York, 1925).
Mildenberg, L. & S. Hurter, eds. The Dewing Collection of Greek Coins. ACNAC 6. (New York, 1985).
Naville Co. Monnaies grecques antiques S. Pozzi. Auction 1. (4 April 1921, Geneva).
Price, M.J. & N. Waggoner. Archaic Greek Silver Coinage, The "Asyut" Hoard. (London, 1975).
Sear, D. Greek Coins and Their Values, Volume 1, Europe. (London, 1978).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum. (Copenhagen, 1942-1979).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, München Staatlische Münzsammlung, Part 14: Attika, Megaris, Ägina. (Berlin, 2002).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, France, Bibliothèque National, Collection Jean et Marie Delepierre. (Paris, 1983).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain, Volume III, Lockett Collection, Part 4: Peloponnese - Aeolis (gold and silver).. (London, 1945).

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