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Sale: Nomos 7, Lot: 97. Estimate CHF6500. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013. 
Sold For CHF5500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ISLANDS off ATTICA, Aegina. Circa 480-457 BC. Stater (Silver, 12.49 g). Sea turtle with line of pellets down the back of its shell. Rev. Square incuse with large skew pattern. Gulbenkian 523. Kraay / Hirmer 336. Milbank Pl. I, 15. SNG Copenhagen 507. A remarkably attractive example, toned, very nicely centered, and well struck in high relief. Very slightly porous surfaces, otherwise, extremely fine.

From a European collection, formed before 2005.

The staters of Aegina were struck in enormous numbers, and were used over a very long period over much of the Mediterranean area. However, they were almost invariably struck in great haste so that the vast majority are off center in some way. This piece, so perfectly struck and centered, is unusually nice and, thus, quite rare.