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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 - 475 B.C.

|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |c.| |525| |-| |475| |B.C.||stater|
"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.
GS112504. Silver stater, HGC 6 433 (S); Meadows Aegina Group IIc; Asyut Group VI; SNG Cop 503; SNG Munchen 536; Milbank -, BMC Attica -, F, tight flan, bumps and marks, punch on rev., weight 11.808 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, Aigina (Aegina) mint, c. 525 - 475 B.C.; obverse sea-tortoise (Chelone Caouana) or common loggerhead turtle of the Mediterranean, collar at the top and row of six dots down the middle the ridge of the shell; reverse incuse square with skew device; from the P.S. Collection, ex Calgary Coin, ex Alberta Coins, ex Harlan J. Berk, ex Lewis Egnew Collection; scarce; $500.00 SALE PRICE $450.00


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, HGC 6 429 (S); Meadows Aegina group IIb; Asyut group IVb; BMC Attica p. 127, 10; SNG Delepierre 1509; SNG MŁn 532; Dewing 1657; 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 incuse square in mill sail pattern; ex Hixenbaugh Ancient Art (New York); scarce; SOLD


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 456 or 445 - 431 B.C.

|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |c.| |456| |or| |445| |-| |431| |B.C.||stater|
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, HGC 6 437 (S); SNG Delepierre 1787; SNG Cop 516; SNG Munchen 561; BMC Attica p. 137, 146; Kraay 127; Dewing 1683; Milbank pl. 2, 12, Choice gVF, well struck with high relief, nice metal, toned, edge cracks, 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







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