Silver Tortoise Stater from Aegina - 456 BC

Ancient Coins - Silver Tortoise Stater from Aegina - 456 BC
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A charming ancient Greek silver stater from the island of Aegina, circa 456 - 431 BC.

 

The obverse with a tortoise, seen from above. The creature perfectly centred and preserved on a pleasing nugget of silver.

 

The reverse with an incuse square divided into five compartments.

 

It was not the great cities of Athens, Sparta or Corinth that produced the first coinage of the western world, but a tiny, rocky island in the Aegean sea. Aegina bred men who looked beyond their shores for wealth and status, a famed society of merchants, seafarers and explorers that arguably gave birth to this most brilliant of human inventions.

 

A lovely, beautifully toned and highly tactile ancient Greek coin.

 


Weight: 11.25 g

 

Diameter: 20.45 mm

 

Provenance:

 

From an old Swiss private collection, acquired in the 1970s.

Ancient Coins - Silver Tortoise Stater from Aegina - 456 BC
Price SKU: 41169
US$ 5,900.00
  • € 5,332.13
  • £ 4,823.07
  • AUD 8,742.56
  • CHF 5,808.29
  • CAD 7,860.09

Rates for: 08/23/19

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