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Nomos 8

22 October 2013
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
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Estimate: 3750 CHFHammer Price: 11000 CHF
Lot 156

ISLANDS off ATTICA, Aegina. Circa 350-338 BC. Stater (Silver, 21mm, 11.96 g). Α Ι Tortoise seen from above. Rev. Incuse square divided by skew-pattern into 5 compartments; Ν Ι in the upper two and dolphin swimming upwards in the lower left. BMC 190. Millbank pl. 3, 6. SNG Lockett 1998. Well centered and toned. Some minor cleaning scratches on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.


From the B. in B. Collection, ex Sternberg XIX, 18 November 1987, 161 and from the collection of S. Pozzi, Naville I, 4 April 1921, 1639.

It is usually assumed that the later issues of Aegina, from the 5th century on into the 4th, bear a tortoise rather than a sea turtle because of her loss of any pretension of sea power due to her defeat by Athens. This seems rather illogical, however, since states do not usually commemorate their defeat on their own coinage! On the contrary, this change almost certainly has to do with changes in religious ritual.

Online bidding closes: 22 Oct 2013 00:00:00 CEST Current Date & Time: 6 Jul 2022 21:30:36 CEST Remaining Time: Closed Hammer price:11000 CHF

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