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E-auction 67-32056 - bgr_334500 - AEGINA - AEGINA ISLAND - AEGINA Statère

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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 191 €
Maximum bid : 192 €
End of the sale : 28 July 2014 15:01:30
bidders : 11 bidders
Type : Statère
Date: c. 550-520 AC.
Mint name / Town : Égine, Aegina
Metal : silver
Diameter : 19,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 12,06 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale et irrégulier, un peu court au droit sur les pattes de la tortue à l’usure très importante. Patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :


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


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Carré creux en aile de moulin divisé en cinq compartiments.


Sur cet exemplaire, carapace de la tortue marine lisse. Ce type serait l’un des plus anciens du monnayage de la cité. Deux contremarques dans le champ à droite.

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.

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