AIGINA, silver stater, 510-480 BCPrint
AIGINA, silver stater, 510-480 BC
Sea-turtle, upper and central ridge of the shell ornamented with row of dots, usually five
Rev. Incuse square divided by bands into pattern of five compartments
Ex coll. M.L., Netherlands.
12,1 gr. Toned, VF+
Lit. S. R. Milbank, Coinage of Aigina, ANS New York, 1925, pl. I, 15, period III; D. Sear, Greek Coins and their Values, vol. I , 1848.
An ancient Greek silver stater from the island of Aegina, circa 480 BC
Aigina introduced the first coinage in the European western world, a tiny, rocky island in the Aegean sea.
Lydia was the origin of the most brilliant of human inventions, coins!
Struck with the image of a leatherback turtle, these pebble-like coins have been found as far as Egypt and the Levant