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Why purchase this Bronze Coin of ancient Acarnania?
This ancient coin struck from bronze, measuring 24 mm in diameter (AE24), was produced 219-211 B.C. in the ancient city of Oeniadae, in the region of Acarnania. Located in West-Central Greece along the Ionian Sea, Acarnania was subject to frequent conflict and occupation for its strategic location on the maritime route to Italy.
This coin is particularly unique thanks to its pedigree. It was once a part of the famous collection of Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha, Prince of the Island of Samos (1833-1906). The entire collection made its way to his descendants, who had the collection auctioned. Many of these coins, such as this one, are now available for you to purchase today!
An incredibly detailed laureate portrait of Zeus appears on the obverse, facing right. Zeus is the god of the sky and thunder in ancient Greek religion, as well as the king of the gods of Mount Olympus.
The reverse features the profile of a man-headed bull, a representation of the river god Achelous. God of the Achelous River, which borders the Acarnanian region, Achelous was the most important of the river gods. The coin's imagery references the battle between Achelous and Heracles, in which Achelous transformed himself into a bull.
Graded Extremely Fine by NGC Ancients
This AE24 is graded Extremely Fine, which is comparable to a Sheldon Scale grade of 40, by the ancient coin specialists at the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). The Bronze coin of Acarnania exhibits complete details of design and overall sharpness, with most of the highest points slightly flattened. The extraordinary ancient coin is presented in a protective holder, accompanied by an official NGC grading label certifying that the coin was once part of the late Prince of Samos Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha's personal collection. It will come in a special holder telling its story.
Add this impressive ancient Greek bronze coin to your collection today!
|Year of Issue:||219-211 BC|
|Variety:||Alexander Pasha Collection|