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Why purchase this ancient bronze coin struck in honor of Severus Alexander, from the private collection of a Prince?
A career diplomat of the Ottoman Empire, Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha was appointed Prince of the autonomous Greek island of Samos by Sultan Abdul-Hamid II 1884, where he reigned until 1894. It is during this period of time that Pasha acquired the majority of his spectacular 630-coin collection, consisting of mostly ancient Greek and Roman issues. The hoard, passed down to descendants for more than a century, was recently dispersed, consigned to public auction by one of Pasha's great-grandsons. This 29 mm diameter AE29 bronze coin, a provincial issue of the Ionian Island of Samos during the reign of Severus Alexander, A.D. 222-235, is certified as part of Pasha's astounding collection.
Portrait of the Emperor
The obverse of the coin depicts Roman Emperor Severus Alexander, in a classic pose facing right, depicted in the traditional drape and wreath of laurel, surrounded by the Greek inscription describing his name and title.
A warrior is illustrated on the reverse, armed with a spear, advancing toward an approaching animal. This design is accompanied by the inscription "CAMI-ΩN," which translates in modern English to "Coin of the People of Samos."
Graded Choice Fine by NGC Ancients
This AE29 of Roman Emperor Severus Alexander, struck A.D. 222-235, is graded Choice Fine, by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) specialized ancient coin grading division, NGC Ancients. Comparable to a coin receiving a Sheldon Scale grade of 15, the coin will exhibit almost complete imagery, with moderate to sharp detail in the deeply recessed areas of the coin, along with significant surface wear. Protected in a NGC holder, the coin's label certifies that it comes from the personal collection of the late Prince of Samos, Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha.
Don't miss this opportunity to purchase this Severus Alexander bronze coin from the treasure hoard of a Prince!
|Year of Issue:||AD 222-235|
|Variety:||Alexander Pasha Collection|
|Country:||Ionian Island of Samos|