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Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 456 or 445 - 431 B.C.
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
pl. 2, 12; SGCV I
2600; HGC 6
437, gF, high relief, die wear, contact marks, Aigina (Aegina
) mint, weight
11.704g, maximum diameter
20.1mm, 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
Catalog current as of Monday, March 25, 2019.
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