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Why purchase this ancient Greek bronze coin struck in the 3rd-1st centuries B.C., part of the personal collection of the Prince of Samos?
The famed numismatic collection of the late Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha (1833-1906) was recently consigned to auction by one of Pasha's great-grandsons. Pasha was a diplomat of the Ottoman Empire who served as Prince of the Greek Island of Samos from 1885-1894. It is suspected that it was during this time period that Pasha obtained the majority of the 630 coins of his hoard, including this coin of Aptera, an ancient city located in western Crete. Struck 3rd-1st centuries B.C., the coin is identified as AE15, a 15 mm diameter bronze coin.
Imagery derived from Greek Mythology
The obverse features the well worn right facing laureate portrait of Apollo, the Greek god of music, poetry, and art.
A lyre is illustrated on the reverse, surrounded by a Greek inscription. The lyre is an ancient Greek stringed instrument, similar in appearance to a small harp. According to ancient Greek mythology, the god Hermes created the lyre, then traded it to Apollo for a herd of cattle. The ancient instrument is a common attribute of Apollo.
Ancient Bronze Coin Authenticated and graded by NGC
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) specialized ancient coin division, NGC Ancients, graded this bronze coin struck 3rd-1st Centuries B.C. in the ancient Crete town of Aptera to be Fine (F). The coin will exhibit some lettering and design detail in deeply recessed areas. The coin is very well worn from circulation, with mostly even wear over the entirety of each surface. The condition of the coin is protected in a labeled NGC holder that authenticates the coin's pedigree from the numismatic collection of Prince Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha.
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|Year of Issue:||3rd-1st Centuries BC|
|Variety:||Alexander Pasha Collection|