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    SARONIC ISLANDS. Aegina. Ca. 480-457 BC. AR stater (20mm, 12.24 gm). NGC Choice VF★ 5/5 - 3/5, punch mark. Sea turtle, viewed from above, head turned sideways, with trefoil collar and row of five dots down center of shell / Large "skew pattern" incuse with five sunken compartments. HGC 6, 435. Meadows Group IIIa. Milbank pl. 1, 13. SNG Lockett 1970. Tremendous centering with all detail on flan. Matte surfaces and medium toning accents bring the turtle to life on the flan.

    The city of Aegina, located on the Saronic Gulf island of the same name, appears to have been the first European city to mint coins of any type, starting circa 550 BC. From earliest times, the maritime city placed a sea turtle on the obverse of its coins, with a simple abstract incuse punch on the reverse. These "turtles" soon circulated widely and impressed neighboring Athens enough that it began striking its own silver coins a few decades later. The sea turtle on Aeginetan coins underwent a slow evolution as the decades passed, with a brief divergence in the mid-sixth century of depicting a land tortoise with a segmented shell. This specimen represents the final form of the sea turtle circa 480-457 BC, after the Aeginetan navy distinguished itself at the Battle of Salamis. After about 450 BC the obverse type switched permanently to a land tortoise, perhaps reflecting the eclipse of Aegina's naval power by nearby Athens. 


    薩羅尼克群島,埃伊納。約公元前480-457年。標準重斯塔特銀幣(20mm, 12.24gm)。 NGC Choice VF★ 5/5 - 3/5,沖壓印。 俯視所見的海龜,頭轉向一側,龜殼前端呈三葉形,中心飾有一列五個圓點。背面為"大斜角型"壓印,隔為五塊內陷壓印。參HGC 6,435. Meadows Group IIIa. Milbank pl. 1, 13. SNG Lockett 1970。細節完整的胚餅上打製高度置中。啞光表面和中間色調令海龜在胚餅上栩栩如生。


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