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Sea Creatures

Ancient Olbian dolphin coinsSeafarers whose culture originated and flourished in the Eastern Mediterranean, the ancient Greeks obviously had a special bond and relationship with the sea - something the intervening couple of millenia have actually not changed. As usual, this all finds an appropriate reflection in the products of Greek mints, starting with the first strictly Greek coin issue, the silver staters of Aigina near Athens - featuring a sea turtle in high relief. Subsequently, a long parade of mythical personalities and creatures starting with the Lord of the Seas, Poseidon himself, followed by marine animals big and small, sea vessels of various kinds and more - all reinforce the importance of this bond and reflect its various aspects.