Turtle silver cufflinks. The silver stater coin of Aegina, bears a sea or a land turtle on the obverse of the coin and an incuse square with irregular shapes, on the reverse. The Aeginetic stater, was also known as turtles (helonai). Aegina was the first city-state in Greece, that minted its own coins. Dated 500 - 480 B.C., Saronic gulf. An exclusive gift with historical value.
Dimensions of the coin: 1,8cm x 1.5cm
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On the silver stater of Aegina (500-480 BC), a sea turtle was depicted on the obverse, and an incuse square with irregular shapes was embossed on the reverse. Each coin weighted 12.57 grams.
Aegina was the first city - state that minted its own coins in Greece. Aegina, as an island and considering that there were not many croplands, turned very early in shipping and trade. The Aeginetans, throughout their constant trips, experienced the importance of the currency and after 570 BC minted silver coins.
Aeginetic staters, known as turtles, were released in most parts of Greece for about four hundred years. There were also found in Persia, Egypt and Italy.
The mints stopped producing the coin in 431 BC with the expulsion of the Aeginetans by the Athenians and then restarted with their return to the island at the end of the century, where it continued until the imperial times, only with copper versions.
The first coins were made of electrum in Asia Minor, an alloy of gold and silver in the late 7th BC century. In the front side of the coin were shown the respective symbols of the cities, the deities who protected the cities, mythical persons or regional products of the cities, visualizations that made recognizable their origin.
The precious metal, which was mainly silver, set the value of the coin, the small shape made it easy to carry and the symbol of each issuing authority was the guarantee of weight and authenticity. At the end of the 5th century BC, copper coins were produced, in order to be used for the small daily transactions.
Original ancient Greek coins are exhibited at the Numismatic Museum in Athens.
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