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ID:     74000244
Type:     Greek
City:     Aegina
Date Ruled:     Circa 525/0-500 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Stater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 525/0-500
Weight:     12.36 g
Obverse Description:     “Proto-tortoise” with shell divided into thirteen segments
Reverse Description:     Incuse square of “Union Jack” pattern
Primary Reference:     Holloway, Early, group C, dies 9/10
Reference2:     Asyut Group V, 512 (same obv. die)
Reference3:     SNG Cop -
Reference4:     SNG Lockett 2635 = Pozzi 1632 (same obv. die); Selinus Hoard 123 (same obv. die)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Superb EF, toned
Notes:     Sale: Triton X, Lot: 244 Very rare. Ex Numismatic Fine Arts XXV (29 November 1990), lot 111.This coin is part of an early series of Aegina that was originally attributed to a mint in Cydonia (E.S.G. Robinson, “Pseudoaeginetica,” NC 1928). Holloway’s landmark study of the early Aeginetan coinage conclusively moved the series to its correct source. The proto-tortoises appear in two varieties, one with a “T-back” shell and another with the segmented shell, as here. It appears that the “T-back” varieties were produced in large quantities, as indicated by numerous specimens struck from very worn obverse dies. In contrast, the known segmented shell specimens, fewer in number, usually are found to have been struck by very fresh dies, suggesting they had a limited production for some special purpose.