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Why does this Greek Island of Aegina Ancient Silver Stater belong in your collection?
The Greek Island of Aegina was an imposing maritime presence and home to a thriving commercial port in the 6th century BC. The city-state is credited with the production of some of the first coinage of Europe. Design for Aegina's coinage featured a remarkable high relief sea turtle image, inspired by the importance of the sea to the city-state. In ancient times, the Greek world was comprised of more than two thousand self-governing city-states, with more than half of those city-states issuing their own coins. Coinage was validated for use in neighboring cities or regions with the application of a countermark.
Delightful Sea Creature Imagery
Obverse: The symbol for the Greek Island of Aegina, a smooth shelled sea turtle, or "proto-tortoise," adorns the obverse, with the countermark located at the center of the shell.
Reverse: The reverse features a rough square incuse punch, divided into eight unequal geometric shapes.
NGC Authenticated Ancient Greek Silver Coin
The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's specialized ancient coin division, NGC Ancients, deemed this Silver Stater from the Island of Aegina, struck c.550-525 BC, to be in Fine (F) condition. Additionally graded 5/5 for strike quality and 3/5 for surface characteristics, the coin will exhibit sharp design detail in deeply recessed areas, with evenly worn surfaces. The coin will arrive in a sonically sealed protective holder accompanied by a NGC Ancients certification label.
This 6th century BC Greek Island of Aegina Silver Stater with a countermark will be an extraordinary addition to your ancient coinage collection!
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|Year of Issue:||550-525 BCE|