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Why purchase this Bronze coin of 3rd Century B.C. Ancient Greece from the collection of a Prince?
Troas, Alexandria was an ancient Greek city, located on the Aegean Sea near the northern tip of Turkey's western coast. The city was actually named in memory of Alexander the Great by Lysimachus in 301 B.C. This AE17 coin, struck from bronze in the 3rd century B.C., measuring 17 mm in diameter, was part of the impressive numismatic collection of Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha (1833-1906). Pasha was a prominent figure of the 19th Century Ottoman Empire who held various titles over his career, including reigning as Prince of the Island of Samos, from 1885 to 1894.
Spectacular design details
The obverse features the right facing laureate portrait of the mythological Greek god Apollo. His identity as Apollo Helios was strongest in the 3rd Century B.C., as the Greeks associated him with Helios, the Titan god of the sun.
The reverse of the coin illustrates a grazing horse, with its head towards the left. The inscription "ALEZAN" appears above, with a star shaped monogram below and a horizontal thunderbolt in exergue.
Graded Choice Fine by NGC Ancients
This AE17 of Alexandria Troas, struck 3rd Century B.C., has been awarded the grade of Choice Very Fine by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) ancient coin grading experts. Coins graded as such will exhibit the characteristics of a coin graded 30-35 on the Sheldon Scale: nearly complete design details and clearly struck lettering, with obvious wear on the highest surfaces of the coin. Encapsulated in a protective NGC holder, the coin is accompanied by a grading label authenticating that this coin comes from the private collection of the late Prince Alexandre Caratheodory Pasha. Each coin also comes in a story vault holder.
Add this ancient Greek bronze coin worthy of a Prince to your collection today!
|Year of Issue:||3rd Century BC|
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