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Why purchase this Ionian City of Phocaea Bronze coin from the private collection of a Prince?
The Ionian City of Phocaea was located on the western coast of Anatolia, in what is modern Turkey. Phocaea had two natural harbors which encouraged the development of a seafaring economy and strong navy. The Phocaeans were among the earliest civilizations to strike coinage for commerce. Ancient coinage frequently depicts popular mythical figures, such as this 12 mm diameter bronze coin featuring the image of Athena, struck 3rd-2nd Centuries B.C. in the Ionian City of Phocaea.
This impressive ancient bronze coin was once part of the sizable hoard of Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha, the Prince of Samos from 1885-1894. The more than 630 piece collection, containing mostly ancient Greek and Roman coinage, was recently brought to auction by one of Pasha's great-grandsons.
Goddess of Greek Mythology
The obverse depicts the head of Athena in a plumed Corinthian helmet facing right. Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, and the patron goddess of heroic endeavors, noted for her calm temperament, and desire to fight for just causes.
The center of the reverse features the head and neck of a mythical griffin facing right, flanked by the two caps of the Dioscuri with stars above; inscribed below with the name of the magistrate.
Very Fine Ancient Coin
This Ionian City of Phocaea bronze (AE12) coin, struck 3rd-2nd Centuries B.C., is graded Very Fine, by NGC Ancients, the ancient coin grading division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). The coin will exhibit a strong strike and good definition of detail with highest points worn flat, similar to a coin graded 20-25 on the Sheldon Scale. These coins come in special story vault holders!
Add this historical artifact that once belonged to royalty to your collection of ancient coins today!
|Year of Issue:||3rd-2nd Centuries BC|
|Variety:||Alexander Pasha Collection|