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Live auction - bgr_409490 - AEGINA - AEGINA ISLAND - AEGINA Drachme

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Estimate : 950 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:11:35
Type : Drachme
Date: c. 510-490 AC
Mint name / Town : Égine
Metal : silver
Diameter : 16 mm
Weight : 5,77 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire en bon état pour un monnayage souvent fruste. Légèrement décentré sur le bas de la tortue au droit. Très joli revers. Patine de collection ancienne
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de MONNAIES XIX, n° 84 et de la collection D. C


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


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Carré creux en “ailes de moulin”.


La drachme est en fait beaucoup plus rare que le statère.

Historical background


(6th - 5th century BC)

The city of Aegina is located on the island of the same name. It is placed equidistant between Athens and the coast of Argolis. It was in Aegina that the first coins of the West were minted in the 6th century BC. Its geographical and economic situation was to make it a commercial place of primary importance at the crossroads between Euboea, Athens, Corinth and the Peloponnese. The Aeginetic Stallion (from Aegina) quickly spread throughout the Aegean Sea, Greece, Crete and part of Asia Minor. Coinage does not seem to have started before the second half of the 6th century BC. Unfortunately, after the Persian Wars, the city found itself eclipsed by Athens, which captured it in 457 BC. The Aeginetans were driven out by the Athenians. Aegina regained its freedom only after the fall of Athens, but it had definitely lost its economic power..

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