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Ancient Greek Silver Sea Turtle Coin from Aegina, 480 BC

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An exceptional, high relief silver state from the island of Aegina, circa 480 BC. The obverse with a leatherback turtle, it's shield-shaped shell decorated with a row of round pellets, the top of the shell with a raised collar. 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. Struck with the image of a leatherback turtle, which roamed across the sea just as the Aeginetan ships did, these pebble-like coins were carried to the farthest edges of the Mediterranean, having been found as far afield as Egypt and the Levant. An unusually complete, deeply toned and attractive example. Weight: 12.30 g Measure: Diameter 20.40 mm Provenance: Bank Leu 79, 31st October 2000, lot 578. Numismatica Genevensis 7, 27th November 2012, lot 63.

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    H 0.79 in. x Dm 0.79 in.H 2 cm x Dm 2 cm
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