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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.
SH88170. Silver stater, HGC 6 433 (S); Meadows Aegina, Group IIc; Asyut Group VI; SNG Cop 503; SNG Munchen 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. 510 - 490 B.C.

|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |c.| |510| |-| |490| |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.


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.

|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, 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; SOLD


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

|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |c.| |510| |-| |485| |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.
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.

|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.
GA70105. Silver stater, SNG Delepierre 1784; SNG Cop 516; SNG Munchen 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.

|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.
SH91204. 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, 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


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 510 - 480 B.C.

|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |c.| |510| |-| |480| |B.C.|, |stater|
Greek Turtles minted on the island of Aegina are believed to have been 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.
SH56713. Silver stater, Asyut group IIa, SNG Cop 502, SNG Delepierre 1554 ff., SGCV I 1849, F, weight 11.944 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, Aegina mint, obverse sea turtle with thin "collar" in high relief, banker's marks on shell; reverse "Union Jack" punch; SOLD


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 510 - 490 B.C.

|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |c.| |510| |-| |490| |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.


Click here to read about Greek Turtles.
SH79679. Silver stater, SNG Delepierre 1670, Dewing 1657, SNG Cop 503, SGCV I 1849 (none with this countermark), VF, obverse well centered on a tight flan, edge bump, light marks and lightly etched surfaces, weight 11.390 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, Aigina mint, c. 510 - 490 B.C.; obverse sea turtle, straight raised collar and row of dots down the middle of the shell, countermark: head (female?) right; reverse incuse square of "Union Jack" pattern; SOLD


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 510 - 480 B.C.

|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |c.| |510| |-| |480| |B.C.|, |stater|
Greek Turtles minted on the island of Aegina are believed to have been 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.
SH56712. Silver stater, cf. Asyut group IIb - III, SNG Cop 501 - 503, SNG Delepierre 1502, SGCV I 1851, F, banker's marks, weight 11.814 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, Aegina mint, obverse sea turtle with "collar" in high relief, banker's marks on shell; reverse irregular "Union Jack" punch of four roughly triangular incuse compartments (die likely originally had additional incuse compartments lost due to damage); SOLD


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, 485 - 480 B.C.

|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |485| |-| |480| |B.C.|, |stater|
Aegina was probably the first place in Europe to issue coinage. As the first European coin, the turtle type is considered a "must have" by many ancient coin collectors.
GA29170. Silver stater, SGCV I 1858, SNG Cop 507, F, typical thick irregular shaped tight flan, weight 12.236 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, Aegina mint, 485 - 480 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; SOLD




  




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