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Why add this Ancient Greek Stater from the Island of Aegina to your collection?
The Greek Island of Aegina was a thriving commercial and naval power around the 5th century B.C. and is widely credited with being the first Greek city to issue coinage, beginning around 560 B.C. Silver staters were the principal coinage of the region and were widely circulated along the trade routes of the Mediterranean. The cities of Athens and Corinth soon followed with production of their own coinage, each city using imagery to identify the origin. The symbol for Aegina was a turtle.
This silver stater includes two interesting countermarks of a horse head and dolphin. Marks such as these were struck onto coinage in ancient times to validate their use in a neighboring city or region. Interestingly, the horse head dolphin countermark is thought be unpublished.
Symbolism representing Aegina
A smooth shelled sea turtle, the symbol for the Greek Island of Aegina, adorns the obverse of the stater, embellished with the countermarks. The reverse features a rough, multi-part incuse punch of geometric shapes.
NGC Choice Very Fine
The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) ancient coin division graded this Silver Stater from the Island of Aegina, struck 525-480 B.C., to be Choice Very Fine, with additional grading of 5/5 for strike quality, and 3/5 for surface condition. The coin will have characteristics similar to that of a coin graded 30-35 on the Sheldon Scale: almost complete image details, with high points slightly flattened from ancient circulation.
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|Year of Issue:||c. 525-480 BC|
|Country:||Greek Island of Aegina|
|Legal Tender:||Greek Island of Aegina|