The island of Aegina was located in the best strategic location, between the Peloponnesus and Attica. This made it an important reloading point for antique maritime trade. The little island was so wealthy that it could even afford to strike coins according to its own weight standard. The coins of Aegina were popular throughout the Peloponnesus; many cities used them instead of a local currency, a clear indication of the importance of Aegina.
The coins of Aegina always depicted an ocean turtle. This stater additionally has several little countermarks.