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Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy IX Lathyros, Reign as King of Cyprus, 101 - 88 B.C.
Ptolemy IX Lathyros ("grass pea") was king of Egypt three times, 116 B.C. to 110 B.C., 109 B.C. to 107 B.C. and 88 B.C. to 81 B.C., with intervening periods ruled by his brother, Ptolemy X Alexander. When this coin was struck Ptolemy IX ruled in Cyprus and Ptolemy X in Egypt.
Serifs are unique to just a few rare Ptolemaic coins from this time period. Perhaps all are the work of a single engraver. Serifs also appear on a very rare Kition tetradrachm of this ruler. They appear on the K behind the head of Arsinoe II on the latest of the octadrachms. The heavy-set portrait compares well to MFA 59.51, and not so well to images of Ptolemy I. SH72904. Silver tetradrachm, apparently unpublished and unique!, VF, weight 13.234 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 0o, Paphos mint, as King of Cyprus, year 27, 91 - 90 B.C.; obverse diademed bust of Ptolemy IX right, wearing aegis; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on a thunderbolt, head left, wings closed, date LKZ (year 27) before, ΠA mint mark behind, all letters with serifs; $1810.00 SALE PRICE $1629.00
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246 - 222 B.C.
After the death of Ptolemy II in late January 246 B.C., the remainder of his year 39 became year 1 of Ptolemy III. Coins of this year are known in gold and silver from most Ptolemaic mints; however, all are rare.GS77851. Silver tetradrachm, Svoronos 1024 (1 spec.), BMC Ptolemies -, Weiser -, Noeske -, Malter -, SNG Milan -, VF, marks and scratches, weight 14.142 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 0o, Sidon (Saida, Lebanon) mint, late Jan - 28 Aug 246 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY ΣΩTHPOΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head left, wings closed, ΣI over ∆I left, A (year 1) upper right; very rare; $750.00 SALE PRICE $675.00
Roman Egypt, Nov 130 - c. 138 A.D.
Both the obverse and reverse types on this tessera are published but the combination does not appear to be published. Nor did we find another example online. According to Milne, lead tesserae served as local small change in Egypt during the first to the third century A.D.RX90574. Lead tessera, Unpublished; cf. Dattari 6444 and Geissen 3584 (for obversetype) and Dattari 6493 and 3575 (for reversetype), VF , weight 5.107 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 270o, Alexandria(?) mint, Nov 130 - c. 138 A.D. (possibly later); obverseAntinous on horseback right, wearing hem hem crown, caduceus in right hand; reverseNilus reclining left on crocodile right below, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, reeds in his right hand, cornucopia in left; before him at his feet stands Euthenia (prosperity) wearing chiton and peplos, offering wreath held in right hand; extremely rare; $430.00 SALE PRICE $387.00
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C.
Huge bronze! The largest of all Ptolemaic bronze coin types.GP83552. Bronze octobol, Svoronos 446; Weiser 19; BMC Ptolemies p. 37, 158; SNG Cop 142; Noeske 64; Hosking 13; Malter 67, VF, well centered, bumps and scratches, light corrosion, centration dimples, weight 88.174 g, maximum diameter 46.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 285 - 246 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open, head turned back right, E between legs; scarce; $400.00 SALE PRICE $360.00
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
In 111 B.C., Trajan sent Pliny the Younger as governor (legatus Augusti) to Bithynia. SL84196. Bronze drachm, Savio 771, Köln 583 var. (bust), SNG Milan 906 var. (bust, Nike above rev.), SNG BnF 1131 var. (bust, date above), Kampmann 27.390, Emmet 462.15 (R3), NGC Ch XF, Strike 3/5, Surface 3/5, light smoothing, weight 23.34 g, maximum diameter 35 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 111 - 112 A.D.; obverse AVT TPAIAN C EB ΓEPM ∆AKIK, laureate and draped bust right; reverseTrajan in quadriga of elephants right, holding eagle-tipped scepter in right hand, palm frond in left hand, LIE (year 15) in exergue; NGC certified (slabbed), ex Heritage Auctions, Long Beach Signature Sale 3035 (3 Sep 2014), lot 32145; $360.00 SALE PRICE $324.00 ON RESERVE
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy IV Philopator, 221 - 204 B.C.
Ptolemy IV's surname Philopator means father lover, ironic since according to some authorities he poisoned his father. Ptolemy IV is a major protagonist of the apocryphal 3 Maccabees, which describes events following the Battle of Raphia, in both Jerusalem and Alexandria. He was a cruel and evil monarch. GP84079. Bronze hemidrachm, Svoronos 1127; SNG Cop 202; Noeske 145; BMC Ptolemies p. 57, 109 - 110; Weiser 50 (Ptolemy II, 253 - 249 B.C.), Choice F, nice surfaces, scratches and marks, edge cracks, centration dimples, weight 36.394 g, maximum diameter 38.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 221 - 204 B.C.; obverse horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings closed, filleted cornucopia left, ∆I between eagle's legs; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C.
Huge bronze! The largest of all Ptolemaic bronze coin types.GP75643. Bronze octobol, Svoronos 446; Weiser 19; BMC Ptolemies p. 37, 158; SNG Cop 142; Noeske 64; Hosking 13; Malter 67, aF, weight 77.706 g, maximum diameter 46.9 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, obverse diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open, head turned back right, E between legs; $240.00 SALE PRICE $216.00
10 Billon Tetradrachms, Roman Provincial Egypt, c. 275 - 310 A.D.
These coins are unattributed by emperor and reversetype and may include scarcer types. Counting them we saw the group includes Probus, Carinus, Diocletian, Maximian, Constantius I, and possibly other emperors.SP50740. Billon Lot of 10 Roman Egyptian billon tetradrachms, unattributed, Alexandria mint, the coins in the photo were randomly selected from the same group; bulk lot, as is, no returns; 10 coins; $235.00 SALE PRICE $212.00
Salonina, Augusta 254 - c. September 268 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Tyche (Greek for luck; the Roman equivalent was Fortuna) was the presiding tutelary deity that governed the fortune and prosperity of a city, its destiny. Increasingly during the Hellenistic period, cities had their own specific iconic version of Tyche, wearing a mural crown (a crown like the walls of the city).SH66838. Billontetradrachm, Dattari 5342; Geissen 2982; Kampmann-Ganschow 91.47; SRCV III 10716; BMC Alexandria p. 2266; Milne 4140, Choice aEF, weight 11.345 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 315o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 266 - 28 Aug 267 A.D.; obverse KOPNHΛIA CAΛWNEINA CEB, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in horizontal ridges and in plait looped below ear; reverseTyche reclining left on couch, kalathos on head, rudder in right hand, LI∆ (year 14) above; $225.00 SALE PRICE $203.00
Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.
RS73963. Silver tetradrachm, Dattari 2141/2143; Milne 1927; Geissen 1562; Curtis 571/572; Kampmann 35.384; Emmett 1358/11; BMC Alexandria -, F, inscriptions partially unstruck and off flan, weight 14.284 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 147 - 28 Aug 148 A.D.; obverse ANTWNEINOC CEB EYCEB (clockwise from upper right), laureate head right; reverse L EY∆EKATOY (year 11), Apollo Didymaios (Milesios) standing facing, laureate, nude, small stag in extended right hand, bow in left at side; scarce; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00
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