Ali Aboutaam Presents One of the Most Important Early Greek Coins in Existence

Exhibition is on display at 6, rue Verdaine, Geneva, Switzerland.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / ACCESSWIRE / March 17, 2023 / Classical masterpieces are on display by Ali Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art at its main gallery, which is located in the center of Geneva’s old town. He is showcasing a variety of antiquities that combine artistic excellence, historical intrigue, and the enthusiasm of the famous collections that they once belonged to. Several of these artifacts have provenance as early as the 18th century and were frequently published up until the present.

Ali Aboutaam – Kraay and Hermer Potidaea Coin
Silver coin of Poseidon on Horseback, Potidaea (modern day Cassandrea), a Chalcidian city, circa 540-520 B.C.

Ali Aboutaam says: “I am excited to be holding in my hand one of the most important early Greek coins in existence: the coin is from Potidaea (modern day Cassandrea), a Chalcidian city in Northern Greece, which contrary to other Chalcidian cities, was founded by the Corinthians, not the Euboeans. It shows the earliest representation of Poseidon on horseback on coinage from around 540-520 B.C. We can see the letter ‘P’ under the horse for “Potidaea”, and Poseidon, holding his trident, is riding a very noble and archaic styled horse. This can be compared to the best of Corinthian black figure pottery, also dated to the same period. If we turn to the reverse, it shows a triangular incuse which is extremely rare on archaic Greek coinage, as it would otherwise typically be squared. This coin is in excellent condition, and as far as we know, it is unique. It had belonged to some of the most important collectors of Greek coins, including the Jameson collection, and has been published several times, notably in the famous Kraay & Hirmer book (Greek Coins) with a big enlargement. Kraay & Hirmer’s 1966 publication is an important reference for the most beautiful ancient Greek coins from private collections and museums.”

Alongside the exquisite coin of Poseidon is a lovely Hellenistic cornelian gem portraying the same god. The juxtaposition of the two miniature masterpieces from 400 years apart is extraordinary. And from 2000 years earlier, visitors can see an outstanding Cycladic marble idol among the display: a treat for contemporary creative tastes.

The exhibition is on display at 6, rue Verdaine in Old Town, Geneva, until the end of June 2023.


With galleries in New York City (Electrum) and Geneva, Switzerland, Phoenix Ancient Art is one of the world’s leading dealers in rare and exquisite antiquities with a focus on Greek and Roman, Near Eastern and Egyptian art. Its works of art have been acquired by world-class museums around the world, as well as by private collectors. Phoenix Ancient Art is a second-generation family business that was founded by Sleiman Aboutaam in 1968 and continues today under the leadership of his sons, Ali and Hicham Aboutaam.

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Caretaker Minister of Culture, Judge Muhammad Wissam Al-Murtada, inaugurated today the exhibition by the creative sculptor, Carol Angea, at the headquarters of the National Library in Beirut, in the presence of the Caretaker Ministers of Industry and Environment, George Boushkian and Nasser Yassin, with a crowd of diplomats and cultural figures attending.

The exhibition is held under the title, “Libre Equilibre”, as part of the activities of the Francophone Month organized by the Ministry of Culture, which includes a number of sculptures with “bronze and resin” in various forms, showing the expressions of women and men in states of joy and sadness, and the quest for a liberal space to live in a society that allows its citizen the chance to achieve part of his or her dreams within a group, as the artist reflected in her sculptures.

This exhibition continues until March 31st.

In his inaugural word, Al-Murtada encouraged the Lebanese to visit the exhibition, saying: “This exhibition reflects the best expression of the openness that we aspire to have, which is in harmony with our culture in Lebanon, but it is a rational openness that enjoys balance, and ensures that society is not lost and that cultural identity is not lost.”

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2023

08:30 Caretaker Minister of Economy, Amin Salam, conducts an extensive monitoring tour, followed by a press conference in the ministry’s building, to announce a project that supports the monitoring role of the Ministry of Economy and corrects the general economic situation and the next stage.

10:00 Caretaker Minister of Information, Ziad Al-Makari, holds a meeting entitled “The Role of the Media and Communication Networks in Building a Culture of Peace”, at the Catholic Media Center.

10:00 Caretaker minister of Information Ziad Al-Makari, sponsors a panel discussion on “cyberbullying”, at the Padova Hotel – Sin El Fil.

11:00 Caretaker Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Bassam Al-Mawlawi, visits the General Directorate of Public Security – Building No. 3.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon


A 4.8 magnitude earthquake rattled the southern province of Bolu, while the tremor was also felt in Istanbul, the capital Ankara and the neighboring province of Düzce, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) has announced.

The quake occurred at 1:55 p.m. in the province of Bolu, and its depth was determined as 8.18 kilometers, AFAD said in a statement.

Many users shared messages regarding the tremor on social media, while people left their houses, workplaces and schools in panic in the provinces where the earthquake was felt.

AFAD stated that there is no loss of life or collapsed buildings in the provinces.

On the other hand, expert Sükrü Ersoy warned about the quake, reminding that in 1999, two successive earthquakes occurred in the northern provinces of Kocaeli and Düzce, claiming thousands of lives and severe destruction.

Ersoy noted that even though quake experts do not expect a large-scale earthquake in this region for a while, this quake still needs to be followed.

“The eastern end of the fault that created the Düzce quake in 1999 had reached the Bolu Mountain. Since the 4.8 quake is in the east of the Düzce quake, we need to follow this fault,” Ersoy explained.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon


MP Michel Moussa confirmed that there is no upcoming visit by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to Saudi Arabia.

“Berri has not yet been invited to visit Saudi Arabia, but he is open to any invitation and seeks consensus in the region,” MP Moussa indicated this morning.

“The election of a president must be expedited, and the nomination of Suleiman Franjieh for the presidency is a serious matter, but it requires consensus from the parties through a serious dialogue that leads to ending the war,” the lawmaker pointed out during an interview to “Voice of all Lebanon” this morning.

“Everyone was complaining about the presence of external interference, but today we are facing the Saudi-Iranian agreement, which at least removes the argument that foreign countries are obstructing the presence of a president for Lebanon,” the MP added.

“The Central Bank Governor, Riad Salameh, is trying to say that he is not the only one responsible for what is happening in the country,” he concluded.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon


The Maronite Patriarchy has announced plans to host a retreat day for Christian parliament members from various political factions. The retreat, scheduled for April 5, 2023, aims to bring together prominent Christian political figures for a day of reflection and dialogue.

The invitation, issued by Cardinal Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, in consultation with other religious leaders, emphasizes the importance of unity and understanding among Christian parliament members. The event will be held at the Beit Anya-Harissa retreat center, situated near the revered Our Lady of Lebanon shrine.

The day-long retreat is set to commence at 9 a.m. with a joint reflection, followed by a series of activities focused on fostering dialogue and promoting mutual respect among participants. The retreat will conclude after lunch at the Beit Anya residence, with the administration extending hospitality to all attendees.

Organizers have requested participants to reserve the date and join the retreat day dedicated to promoting cooperation and understanding among Christian parliament members in Lebanon. The detailed program for the event will be sent to all invited attendees in due course.

The Maronite Patriarchy’s initiative to bring together Christian parliament members for this retreat signifies the importance of unity and collective efforts for the well-being and future of Lebanon.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon