My first turtle: I mean Shell is pretty close to Shield, right

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ryro, May 23, 2020 at 3:15 PM.

  1. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    My first turtle.

    Please, no circumcision jokes.
    It wouldn't be fair to him.

    He's all alone. I said he was my first.
    Maybe you could post your turtle's and they could play?

    Islands off Attica. Aegina circa 550-456 BC.
    Obol AR 8mm., 0,94g.
    nearly very fine
    Ex: Savoca

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  3. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    wow Ryro....kool coin! only antique turtle...:p antique childs turtle foot stool 001.JPG
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  4. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Congrats Ryro , my turtle is only 400 years old:

    P1160775 english text (2).jpg
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  5. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Wonderful coin! Just LOVE the image of heracles lifting the cretan bull. I've never seen the type before:wideyed:. But just added it to my musty have list:D
    More of a spring chicken than a turtle. In comparison, that is.
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  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    ATTICA AEGINA aa.jpg
    AR Stater
    OBVERSE: Sea-turtle (T-backed); head in profile
    REVERSE: Large square incuse with skew pattern
    Struck at Aegina, 480-457BC
    11.96g, 20mm
    SNG Cop 507
  7. Pishpash

    Pishpash Supporter! Supporter

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    Aigina, Aegina
    Coin: Silver Stater
    None - Land tortoise viewed from above
    None - Geometric incuse skew pattern with 5 segments
    Mint: Aegina (456-431BC)
    Wt./Size/Axis: 11.89g / 22mm / -
    • Similar to SNGCop 516
    • Similar to Dewing 1683
    • Similar to BMC 146

    Notes: Jul 1, 15 - Counter mark on shell. Possibly lion's head and P. Large cracks on flan, this little guy has seen life.
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  8. Chris B

    Chris B Supporter! Supporter

    Cool, until you posted your picture mine was the only one I had ever seen.

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  9. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I have three playmates. First is an obol most distinctive for the pattern of reticulation.

    Second is my favorite stater distinctive for the claw detail. I feel the standard head up orientation is wrong. I prefer these with dead detail shown swimming left. This is from the period where baroque nuggets were used for flans.

    Finally is the later version stater with less head detail that shows a serious chunk missing from the die resulting in a raised cud. The cud here could be mistaken for an orca if I rotated the image to the way I prefer today. Reshoot time!
  10. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Amazing and diverse collection of these popular and hard to come by beauties :hungry:
    The wild and crystallized (?) reverse of the first one looks like an ancient left their finger print. And what did the "skew" incuse design on the reverse mean to them? Just a pretty shape? I doubt that:sour:
    Agreed, that 2nd sweety absolutely appears to be swimming along. It has much more detail then most of those other archaic examples or any for that matter. One more case where I like the archaic better than the classical.
    And "reshoot me" is what half of my collection screams at me. But I'm too busy making sure all 3 of my boys butt's don't have a dirty diapers on them... though I am relying less and less of the seller's photos. Though, I wouldn't complain seeing more pics of that third. It appears to be a doozy:D
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  11. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Very nice one! Here’s little brother...

    ATTICA, Aegina
    AR Hemiobol. 0.52g, 7mm. ATTICA, Aegina, circa 480-457 BC. SNG Cop 512-3; HGC 6, 453; SNG Delepierre 1521. O: Cutest little sea turtle ever. R: Large square incuse with skew pattern.
    Ex E.E. Clain-Stefanelli Collection

    Mommy is never far away...:)

  12. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Well, this is just adorable:joyful:! That really shows how massive the biguns are (and why there is a massive difference in priced).
    And, as my wife pointed out to me, I won most first turtle coin and made this thread... on World Turtle Day:woot:
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  13. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Super well done, @Ryro !

    I have none. Ya stumped the Band!
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  14. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Damn, if I had known it was World Turtle Day, I would’ve worn my best turtle t-shirt. :D

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  15. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    Looked in the boxes for my turtle, and found him under a rock!

    circa 485-480 BC
    12.0 grams

    D-Camera Aegina Stater, ca. 485-480 BC, 12.0 grams,  5-24-20.jpg
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