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 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, seen here, to symbolize its lost sea power. On the back (reverse) of this coin is a geometric design of a square divided into 5 triangles.
- Ancient Greek
- Stater (Coin) Depicting a Land Tortoise
- 404 BCE–350 BCE
- Diam. 2 cm; 12.28 g
- Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze