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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Aegina| > SH24803
Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 510 - 485 B.C.
|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |c.| |510| |-| |485| |B.C.|, "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, Aigina (Aegina) mint, weight 12.151g, maximum diameter 19.5mm, 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











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