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Why purchase this ancient Bronze coin of Samos from the collection of Prince Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha?
The Ionian Island of Samos is located in the eastern Aegean Sea off the coast of Asia Minor, which is modern day Turkey. During the years of 1885-1894, Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha held the title of Prince of Samos. Pasha was an enthusiastic coin collector, having been introduced to the world of numismatic study in 1878 by French diplomat William-Henri Waddington while serving the Ottoman Empire as a diplomat in Berlin. His collection included many coins such as this Ionian Island of Samos AE12 (12 mm diameter bronze coin), some of which were reportedly gifts from Samian residents to their beloved Prince.
Incredibly detailed ancient design
Featured on the obverse is a beautiful rendition of the Greek goddess Hera, facing left. The goddess is portrayed wearing an ornamented diadem in her elaborately styled hair, a multiple pendant necklace and an earring.
The reverse depicts one of the symbols of Hera, the lion. The lion is illustrated as a scalp spread flat, with its distinct facial features surrounded by a magnificently designed mane.
Extremely Fine Bronze Coin, Graded by NGC Ancients
This AE12 coin struck 400-350 B.C. on the Ionian Island of Samos earned the grade of Extremely Fine (XF), which is a comparable Sheldon Scale equivalent of 40, from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) ancient coin grading division, NGC Ancients. The remarkable coin exhibits complete design details, with slightly flattened high points and traces of original Mint luster. The coin is protected in a NGC holder labeled with the coin's origin from the collection of Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha, Prince of Samos (1885-1894).
This superbly struck piece of Greek history from the private collection of a Prince will be an exciting addition to your ancient coin collection!
|Year of Issue:||400-350 BC|
|Variety:||Alexander Pasha Collection|