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Why purchase this Ancient Greek Stater from the Island of Aegina?
The Mint in the Greek city-state of Aegina issued the first Aeginetic stater around 700 BC, representing the first coinage struck in Europe. Coinage of the ancient Greeks frequently depicted creatures of the sea, both realistic and those of mythical origin, revealing the maritime importance of the islands. The Aeginetic stater depicted a sea turtle until the end of the 5th century BC until it was replaced by a similar, but distinctively different image of a land tortoise, following the conclusion of the Peloponnesian War in 404 BC.
A sea turtle, representing the Island of Aegina, is depicted on the obverse of the stater. The earliest coin-producing Greek cities-states of Athens, Corinth and Aegina each struck an identifying symbol onto their coinage. A multi-part incuse punch comprised of varied geometric shapes is featured on the reverse.
Extremely Fine Ancient Greek Silver Stater
This Silver Stater from the ancient Greek Island of Aegina, struck c.525-480 BC, is graded by NGC Ancients, the ancient coin experts of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, to be Extremely Fine (XF), which is comparable to a Sheldon scale grade of 40. Also awarded with the additional grades of 5/5 for quality of strike, and 3/5 for surface condition, the coin will exhibit a fantastic strike featuring complete design details, with slightly flattened high points and traces of original mint luster.
This Aeginetic Silver Stater featuring a sea turtle will be a beautiful addition to your ancient coin collection!
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