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Why add this graded bronze coin struck in the 1st Century A.D to your collection?
This nearly two thousand year old bronze coin struck on the Ionian Island of Samos was once among a Prince's treasures! Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha was Prince of the autonomous Greek island of Samos (1885-1894), appointed to the position by Sultan Abdul-Hamid II in 1884. Pasha, a Greek born diplomat and statesman of the Ottoman Empire was also a scholar and translator with an intense passion for the study of ancient Greek culture and civilization. After meeting French diplomat and numismatist William-Henri Waddington in 1878, Pasha's interest evolved into the collecting of coins, most of which he acquired during his reign as Prince. The Prince eventually amassed a hoard of nearly 630 coins, primarily ancient issues of Greek and Roman origin. This AE14 was among his remarkable collection.
Coins of ancient Samos, like the majority of ancient coinage, honor gods and goddesses of importance to the civilization. This bronze coin depicts the forepart of a bull, a representation of the Samian river god Imbrasos.
Ancient Bronze Coin graded Choice Very Fine
This AE14, which is a bronze, 14 mm diameter coin, struck on the Ionian Island of Samos 1st Century A.D., was authenticated and graded by the ancient coin division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). The coin is certified as part of the recently auctioned collection of the late Prince Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha. Earning a grade of Choice Very Fine, which is roughly equivalent to a Sheldon Scale grade of 30-35, this ancient coin will exhibit almost complete design details with significant wear across its highest surfaces.
Make this bronze coin from a Prince's hoard, struck on the Ionian Island of Samos, the next addition to your ancient coin collection!
This Ionia, Isl. of Samos AE14 (c.1st Century AD) - ex. Alexander Pasha, Prince of Samos NGC Ch. VF (Story Vault) is proudly minted by the Greek Mint. Ancient Greek coins drove commerce throughout early history, and today they provide a tangible piece of history from the region.
|Year of Issue:||c.1st Century AD|
|Variety:||Alexander Pasha Collection|