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Why purchase this Bronze Coin of Ancient Acarnania formerly owned by Prince Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha?
This impressive bronze AE23 struck in ancient Oeniadae, in the Acarnania region of Greece, was once part of the incredible hoard of Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha, Prince of Samos (1885-1894). Recently consigned to public auction by one of Pasha's great grandsons, this extremely fine coin is just one beautiful example from the nearly 630 piece collection of coins that originated primarily from ancient Greece and Rome.
Stunning design and symbolism
The obverse features a beautifully detailed rendition of the god of the sky and thunder, Zeus. Also known as the king of the gods on Mount Olympus, the god is portrayed bearded, with his wavy head of hair adorned with a laurel wreath.
The image of a man-headed bull appears on the reverse, symbolizing the river god Achelous. Being the patron deity of the largest river of Greece, Achelous was the most important of the river gods, the chief of all river deities. According to Greek mythology, Achelous had the ability to transform into a bull, doing so during his epic battle with Heracles.
Gorgeous Bronze Coin Graded Extremely Fine by NGC Ancients
This AE23 (bronze, 23 mm diameter) struck 219-211 B.C. in the ancient city of Oeniadae, Acarnania, received the grade of Extremely Fine (XF) from Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's ancient coin grading division, NGC Ancients. Having a comparable Sheldon Scale equivalent of 40, the magnificent ancient coin exhibits complete design details, with the highest points slightly flattened, and some traces of original Mint luster. The coin's condition is protected in a NGC holder labeled with certification of its inclusion in the collection of the late Prince Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha.
Add this beautifully preserved ancient Greek bronze coin from the hoard of a Prince to your collection today!
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The value of the coin is not determined by its precious metal content.
This Acarnania, Oeniadae AE23 (c.219-211 BC) - ex. Alexander Pasha, Prince of Samos NGC XF (Story Vault) is proudly minted by the Greek Mint. Ancient Greek coins drove commerce throughout early history, and today they provide a tangible piece of history from the region.
|Year of Issue:||c.219-211 BC|
|Variety:||Alexander Pasha Collection|