ISLANDS off ATTICA, Aegina. Circa 456/45-431 BC.
|Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 166. Estimate CHF1000.
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011.
Sold For CHF1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Stater (Silver, 12.27 g). Land tortoise with segmented shell. Rev.
Incuse square with a skew pattern. ACGC 127. Milbank pl. 2, 12. SNG Copenhagen 516. SNG Delepierre 1836. Lightly toned. Relief lines, perhaps traces of an undertype on the obverse, otherwise
, good very fine.
From the PGB collection.
Exactly what is happening on the obverse is not quite clear: there appear to be traces of a linear square to left of the tortoise. Could these be guide lines for the die engraver that were not removed? Or are they from an uncertain undertype?