Silver stater from Aegina circa 455-431 BCE The front shows a land tortoise with segmented shell and on the reverse is an incuse square with skewed pattern. Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece 17 miles from Athens. Tradition derives the name from Aegina the mother of the hero Aeacus, who was born on the island and became the king of it. During ancient times Aegina was a rival of Athens, the great sea power of the era.
Rare Human-faced Crab Carapace on a Greek Drachm from Akragas (Sicily), c. 420 BC The obverse shows two eagles perched on the carcass of a hare. This design may have been inspired by the omen presented to Agamemnon and Menelaus in Aeschylos’ Agamemnon, where two eagles, representing the two kings, devoured a pregnant hare, an allusion to the city of Troy.