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Why purchase this ancient Greek coin from the collection of Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha?
An incredible hoard of about 630 primarily Greek and Roman issue ancient coins that were once the treasured possessions of a Prince was recently dispersed by public auction. The collection belonged to Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha, a distinguished Greek scholar, diplomat, and statesman of the Ottoman Empire. Pasha's passion for collecting ancient coins was inspired by his meeting with the French diplomat and numismatist William-Henri Waddington at the Congress of Berlin in 1878. It is during the nine years Pasha held the position of Prince of the Greek Island of Samos, 1885-1894, that he amassed the majority of his remarkable collection. This bronze AE15 coin struck in Cydonia, Crete in the 2nd-1st Centuries B.C., has been authenticated as a coin of the Pasha hoard. Cydonia (or Kydonia) was an ancient city-state on the northwest coast of the island of Crete, its legendary founder was Kydon, the son of Apollo and Akakallis, the daughter of King Minos.
Cydonian coinage design
The issue of bronze coinage began in Crete around 260 BC, often replicating the designs of previous silver issues. The obverse features the right facing head of a young Dionysos. A crescent shape and the inscription "????" adorn the reverse.
Graded Choice Fine by NGC
This AE15, struck 2nd-1st Centuries B.C., Cydonia, Crete, is graded Choice Fine by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) ancient coin grading experts. Coins graded as such will exhibit moderate to sharp detail in the deeply recessed areas of the coin, with clearly struck lettering. Encapsulated in a protective NGC holder, the coin is accompanied by certification stating its inclusion in the collection of Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha.
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|Year of Issue:||2nd - 1st Centuries BC|
|Variety:||Alexander Pasha Collection|