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Turtles and Tortoises on Ancient Coins

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.

Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 525 - 485 B.C.

|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |c.| |525| |-| |485| |B.C.||stater|
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.
SH87351. Silver stater, Meadows Aegina group IIb; Asyut group IVb; BMC Attica p. 127, 10; SNG Delepierre 1509; SNG Mn 532; Dewing 1657; HGC 6 429 (S); SNG Cop -, VF, well centered on a tight flan, light toning, light marks and scratches, uncertain countermark or banker's mark on shell, weight 12.066 g, maximum diameter 19.2 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 (acanthus pattern?) on shell; reverse square divided by wide bands into eight triangular compartments, every other compartment a deep incuse (mill sail pattern); ex Hixenbaugh Ancient Art (New York); scarce; SOLD


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

|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |490| |-| |485| |B.C.||stater|
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, HGC 6 430; Meadows Aegina group IIa-IIb; 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


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

|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |480| |-| |440| |B.C.||stater|
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, HGC 6 435; Meadows Aegina, Group IIIa; Milbank Period III, pl. I, 15; SNG Cop 507; Dewing 1674; Gulbenkian 523; Jameson 1199, 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; SOLD







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