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Stater (Coin) Depicting a Sea Turtle

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

510-485 BCE

Artist:

Greek

About this artwork

Coins of Aegina depicted images of sea turtles on their coins when the island of Aegina was the supreme sea power among the Greek city-states. The sea turtle, seen here on the front (obverse) of this coin, represented its naval strength and resiliency. After its defeat by Athens in 458 BCE, Aegina ceased using the sea turtle and substituted the land tortoise to symbolize its lost sea power. On the back (reverse) of this coin is a geometric design comprised of a square with a windmill-like pattern.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Culture

Ancient Greek

Title

Stater (Coin) Depicting a Sea Turtle

Origin

Aegina

Date

510 BC–485 BC

Medium

Silver

Dimensions

Diam. 2 cm; 12.06 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.2804

Extended information about this artwork

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