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Islands off Attica, Aegina Transitional Issue Land Tortoise
Islands off Attica, Aegina. Circa 456/45-431 BC. AR Stater 12.40g, 22mm
O: Land tortoise, head in profile, with segmented shell
R: Large square incuse with heavy skew pattern.

- Meadows, Aegina, Group IIIb; Milbank pl. II, 13; HGC 6, 437 var. (head not in profile); SNG Copenhagen 517 var. (same); Dewing 1683 var. (same); Gillet 948 var. (same); Jameson 1200 var. (same); Pozzi 1635 var. (same).

Struck on a broad flan. Very rare with head in profile.

The head of the land tortoise on this massive coinage is typically engraved shown from above, with the tortoise looking forward. Very rarely are they encountered with the head shown in profile. The profile head was canonical on the earlier, sea turtle coinage, thus the land tortoise coins of this variety may represent a short transitional issue at the beginning of this period.
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Grant H  [Nov 19, 2019 at 09:13 PM]
love the tortoise
djmacdo  [Nov 19, 2019 at 11:31 PM]
A very nice and special coin indeed!
Canaan  [Nov 20, 2019 at 05:28 AM]
That is a beauty
quadrans  [Nov 20, 2019 at 01:57 PM]
Great coin , and details,
Juan R  [Nov 20, 2019 at 07:26 PM]
Amazing! Congratulations
Enodia  [Dec 18, 2019 at 06:44 PM]
Great tortoise, great coin!