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Live auction - bgr_669383 - AEGINA - AEGINA ISLAND - AEGINA Statère

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Type : Statère
Date: c. 457-456 AC.
Mint name / Town : Égine
Metal : silver
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 12,28 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie sur un flan court, centré. Jolie tortue avec les écailles visibles. Patine grise
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire de la collection Aymé Cornu


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tortue marine à carapace légèrement échancrée et ornée de globules disposés horizontalement de chaque côté d’une ligne médiane.


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


Le style du carré creux est épais au revers et ressemble plus aux carrés creux des premières tortues terrestres. Émission très rare (Meadows, groupe IIIa) avec la carapace ponctuée d’écailles en forme de T (tortue marine).

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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