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Why add this ancient Greek bronze coin that was once possessed by a Prince to your collection?
This bronze coin was struck on the Ionian Island of Samos A.D. 253-268, in honor of the reigning Roman Emperor Gallienus, and in celebration of the local favorite goddess, Hera. Sometime after 1878, the coin came into the possession of Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha. Pasha had a long career in public service to the Ottoman Empire, including the period of 1885-1894 when he served as Prince of the Greek island of Samos. During the years on Samos, Pasha's enthusiasm for ancient coin collecting flourished, culminating in acquiring a hoard of about 630 coins.
Imagery honoring the goddess Hera
Featured on the obverse is the laureate, right-facing portrait of Roman Emperor Gallienus, posed in the traditional drape and cuirass, encircled by the Greek legend of his name and title.
The image of the Samian Hera is depicted on the reverse, in the form of the cult statue from the Heraion of Samos, the sanctuary built in honor of Hera in the southern region of Samos. Inscribed "CAMI-ΩN".
Ancient Bronze Coin Graded Very Fine
This Ionian Island of Samos provincial issue Bronze coin struck in honor of Roman Emperor Gallienus received the grade of Very Fine (VF) from the ancient coin grading division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). Equivalent to a Sheldon Scale grade of 20-25, this coin will exhibit full, sharp lettering, with nearly complete image details and flattening on the highest elements. The coin is enclosed in a protective holder, with NGC label certifying its origins from the recently auctioned 630 piece collection of the late Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha, former Prince of Samos.
Prince Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha's AE27 of Roman Emperor Gallienus will be a treasured part of your ancient coin collection!
|Year of Issue:||AD 253-268|
|Variety:||Alexander Pasha Collection|