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Why add this ancient Bronze coin of the Island of Samos from a Prince's hoard to your collection?
This AE13 coin (bronze, 13 mm diameter) from the 4th century Ionian Island of Samos is a beautiful example of a Greek issue from the personal collection of the late Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha, the Prince of Samos from 1885-1894. A scholar of Greek culture and civilization, Pasha began his numismatic collection in 1878, inspired by meeting French diplomat and numismatist William-Henri Waddington in Berlin. Coins of the 630 count collection were mainly issues of the Greeks and Romans, spanning a period from the 5th Century B.C. though the Byzantine Empire.
Stunning design inspired by Greek mythology
The image of Hera, the Greek goddess of women and marriage, adorns on the obverse, facing right, wearing an earring, necklace, and a stephane (type of diadem) upon her head.
The reverse depicts the skin of a lion's head, with its magnificent mane encircling its face. The lion is one of Hera's representative symbols.
Choice Very Fine Ancient Bronze Coin
This AE13, struck on the Ionian Island of Samos 400-350 B.C., was authenticated and graded by the ancient coin experts in the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) NGC Ancients division. The coin is accompanied by a label certifying it as part of the recently auctioned 630 piece collection of Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha, Prince of the Greek Island of Samos from 1885-1894. NGC awarded this bronze coin a grade of Choice Very Fine, which is comparable to a Sheldon Scale grade of 30-35. The magnificent coin will exhibit nearly complete design details with obvious wear on the highest surfaces of the coin.
This bronze coin struck on the Ionian Island of Samos from a Prince's collection will be an outstanding addition to your ancient coin collection!
|Year of Issue:||c.400-350 BC|
|Variety:||Alexander Pasha Collection|