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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Greece| > |Aegina| > SH13891
Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, 485 - 480 B.C.
|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |485| |-| |480| |B.C.|, 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.
SH13891. Silver stater, SNG Cop 507; BMC Attica p. 132, 85 ff.; SGCV I 1858, F, Aegina mint, weight 12.205g, maximum diameter 20.2mm, 485 - 480 B.C.; obverse sea turtle with a smooth shell, banker's marks; reverse incuse punch, five compartments divided by broad bars into a skew pattern; SOLD











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