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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 Munchen 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. 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 Munchen 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


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, 490 - 485 B.C.

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Aegina was probably the first place in Europe to issue coinage, an Aegina turtle is considered a "must have" by many ancient coin collectors.

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SH19452. Silver stater, SNG Lockett 1954 (this coin), Pozzi 3638 (this coin), SGCV I 1858, BMC Attica 10, VF, toned, weight 12.108 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, Aegina mint, 485 - 480 B.C.; obverse sea turtle with a smooth shell; reverse incuse square of proto-skew pattern; ex Pozzi, ex Lockett; SOLD







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