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Why add this graded bronze coin struck for the First Roman Emperor to your collection?
This AE17, bronze 17 mm diameter coin, was struck 27 BC-AD 14 in honor of Augustus, the Roman Empire's first emperor, on the Ionian Island of Samos. During the early years of the Empire, Samos was a Roman province, a Greek Island located in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Asia Minor. Samos of ancient times was rich and powerful, known for its vineyards and production of wine.
Fast forward nearly two millennia to the late 19th century, and you will find that this coin was preserved remarkably well in the hands of Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha, Prince of Samos. He owned a marvelous collection of ancient Roman and Greek coinage, and when the coins were finally passed on to his children and grandchildren, they had an impressive pedigree. You can now own this pedigree in your collection!
Design Honoring Augustus
The image of Emperor Augustus appears on the obverse, facing right, adorned with a wreath of laurel. The reverse portrays a peacock standing right on a caduceus. In ancient Greek mythology, the peacock is a symbol of integrity and beauty, characterizing nobility, guidance, protection, and watchfulness.
Choice Very Fine Ancient Bronze Coin
This AE17 struck for Augustus on the Ionian Island of Samos 27 BC-AD 14 was authenticated and graded by the ancient coin division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, NGC Ancients. The coin is certified as part of the recently auctioned 630 piece collection of Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha, Prince of the Greek Island of Samos from 1885-1894. Receiving a grade of Ch VF, Choice Very Fine, which is comparable to a Sheldon Scale grading of 30-35, this ancient coin will exhibit nearly complete design details with obvious wear on the highest surfaces of the coin. Each slabbed coin will come in an outside holder known as a story vault, which contains a story card explaining its history.
This Choice Very Fine bronze coin struck on the Ionian Island of Samos will be an impressive addition to your ancient coin collection!
|Year of Issue:||27 BC-AD 14|
|Variety:||Alexander Pasha Collection|