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Why purchase this ancient Greek Bronze coin from the collection of Samos' Prince Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha?
The Ionian Island of Samos is located in the eastern Aegean Sea off the coast of Asia Minor (current day Turkey). Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha was Prince of Samos from 1885-1894, by appointment of Sultan Abdul-Hamid II of the Ottoman Empire. Pasha's interest in ancient Greece, and a meeting with fellow Greek enthusiast and numismatist William-Henri Waddington while negotiating the 1878 Treaty of Berlin, led him to begin collecting coins of ancient Greek and Roman issue. The vast amount of Greek coins in the collection included this Ionian Island of Samos AE13 (13 mm diameter bronze coin), struck 400-350 B.C.
Imagery from Greek Mythology
Hera is honored as the goddess of women and marriage in Greek mythology and religion. She is depicted on the obverse, facing left, adorned with a diadem, earring, and necklace with several pendants.
The reverse features one of the sacred animals of Hera, the lion. The lion is portrayed as the scalp of the animal only, in a beautifully symmetrical design.
Ancient Bronze Coin Graded Very Fine
This AE13 issued by the Ionian Island of Samos in 400-350 B.C. is graded Very Fine by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's specialized ancient coin grading division, NGC Ancients. The coin will exhibit the strike, surface, and design characteristics comparable to a coin earning a grade of 20-25 on the Sheldon Scale, with wear evident on all of the highest elements. Encapsulated in a protective holder with grading certification label, NGC has authenticated the coin's pedigree as part of the collection of the Prince of the Greek Island of Samos from 1885-1894, Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha.
This 4th century Samos Island bronze coin from the collection of a Prince will make a beautiful addition to your ancient coin collection!
|Year of Issue:||c.400-350 BC|
|Variety:||Alexander Pasha Collection|