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Live auction - bgr_542962 - AEGINA - AEGINA ISLAND - AEGINA Statère

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Estimate : 550 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 30 July 2019 14:08:03
Type : Statère
Date: c. 520-500 AC.
Mint name / Town : Égine, Aegina
Metal : silver
Diameter : 19 mm
Weight : 11,92 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale, un peu court au droit sur la tête de la tortue. Très beau carré creux en éventail. Patine grise superficielle avec des reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient d’une vieille collection des années 1940 et de MONNAIES 57, n° 133


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, on perçoit certaines écailles sur le dos de la carapace de la tortue.

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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