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Live auction - bgr_640488 - AEGINA - AEGINA ISLAND - AEGINA Drachme

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Estimate : 800 €
Price : 850 €
Maximum bid : 880 €
End of the sale : 09 March 2021 14:15:57
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 400 AC.
Mint name / Town : Égine
Metal : silver
Diameter : 17 mm
Weight : 5,56 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée. Jolie tortue avec les écailles bien visibles. Patine grise de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la collection P-R. B


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tortue terrestre vue de dessus.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Carré creux divisé en cinq compartiments ; dans le premier compartiment, deux globules posés verticalement.


La fabrication des “tortues” s’interrompit quant Athènes occupa Égine à partir de 431 avant J.-C. Quand la cité fut libérée en 404 avant J.-C., elle recouvra sa liberté et reprit la fabrication monétaire.

Historical background


(Sixth - fifth century BC)

The city of Aegina is located on the island of the same name. It is placed at an equal distance between Athens and the coast of Argolis. Aegina is that the first coins were minted in the West in the sixth century BC Its geographical and economic situation should make a commercial place of primary importance to the crossroads between Euboea, Athens, Corinth and the Peloponnese. The Aeginetan standard (Aegina) quickly spread throughout the Aegean, Greece, Crete and part of Asia Minor Sea. The mint does not seem to have started before the second half of the sixth century BCE. Unfortunately, after the Persian wars, the city was eclipsed by Athens took it in 457 BC The Aeginetans were driven out by the Athenians. Aegina not regained his freedom after the fall of Athens, but she had definitely lost its economic power. uses cookies to guarantee a better user experience and to carry out statistics of visits.
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