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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. 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 München 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); 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


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 525 - 475 B.C.

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"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.
SH88170. Silver stater, HGC 6 433 (S); Meadows Aegina, Group IIc; Asyut Group VI; SNG Cop 503; SNG München 536; Milbank -, BMC Attica -, VF, lightly toned, granular surfaces, weight 11.672 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, Aigina (Aegina) mint, c. 525 - 475 B.C.; obverse sea-tortoise (Chelone Caouana) or common loggerhead turtle of the Mediterranean, narrow collar at the top and row of six dots down the middle the ridge of the shell; reverse incuse square of “Union Jack” ("proto-skew") pattern; ex CNG e-sale 433, lot 69; scarce; 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.
GS84454. Silver stater, SNG Delepierre 1535 1784; 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, 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. 510 - 490 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.


Click here to read about Greek Turtles.
SH50038. Silver stater, SNG Delepierre 1702 ff., Dewing 1657, SNG Cop 503, SGCV I 1851, F, head, legs, and tail all on flan, banker's mark, weight 12.231 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, Aigina mint, c. 510 - 490 B.C.; obverse sea turtle (with row of dots down the middle); reverse incuse square of "Union Jack" pattern; SOLD


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, 480 - 440 B.C.

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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.


Click here to read about Greek Turtles.
GA92200. Silver stater, Meadows, Aegina, Group IIIa; Milbank Period III, pl. I, 15; SNG Cop 507; Dewing 1674; Gulbenkian 523; Jameson 1199; HGC 6 435, F, lightly etched surfaces, minor scratches, banker's marks, weight 12.109 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, Aegina mint, 480 - 440 B.C.; obverse sea turtle with smooth shell and row of dots down the middle; reverse incuse punch, five compartments divided by broad bars into a skew pattern; ex CNG e-auction 246 (15 Dec 2010), lot 79; ON LAYAWAY


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 München 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


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 510 - 485 B.C.

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"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.
SH24803. Silver stater, Milbank pl. I, 3; BMC Attica, p. 126, 3; SNG Cop 502; SGCV I 1849, VF, weight 12.151 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, Aigina (Aegina) mint, c. 510 - 485 B.C.; obverse sea-tortoise (Chelone Caouana) or common loggerhead turtle of the Mediterranean, thick collar at the top and row of six dots down the middle the ridge of the shell; reverse incuse square of “Union Jack” 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.
GA70105. Silver stater, SNG Delepierre 1784; 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, VF, high relief, flan crack, uneven toning, weight 12.194 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Aegina mint, c. 456 or 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. 525 - 485 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.
SH91204. Silver stater, Meadows Aegina group IIb; Asyut group IVb; BMC Attica p. 127, 10; SNG Delepierre 1509; SNG Mün 532; Dewing 1657; HGC 6 429 (S); SNG Cop -, VF, light toning, die wear, a little off center on a crowded flan, banker's marks, scratches, weight 12.018 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, Aigina mint, c. 525 - 485 B.C.; obverse sea turtle, head in profile, straight raised heavy collar, smooth shell with a row of pellets down center, countermark on shell; reverse square divided by wide bands into eight triangular compartments, every other compartment a deep incuse (mill sail pattern); very scarce type; SOLD




  




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