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Ptolemaic Kingdom, Revolt of Magas in Kyrene, c. 276 - 249 B.C.
Magas was the stepson of Ptolemy I, the son of Berenice I, and half-brother to Ptolemy II. In 276 B.C., he crowned himself King in Kyrene, married the daughter of Antiochos I and invaded Egypt with his Seleukid allies. The Seleukid army was defeated by Ptolemy II and Magas faced an internal revolt of Libyan nomads. Still, Kyrene remained independent as long as he lived.
GP17527. Bronze obol
328; BMC Ptolemies
p. 39, 27-28, aVF, Kyrene (near Shahhat, Libya
) mint, weight
6.360g, maximum diameter
18.5mm, die axis
, 276 - 250 B.C.; obverse
of Ptolemy right; reverse
ΠTOΛEM BAΣIΛ, eagle
left, with wings open, MAΓ monogram
slightly off-center, brick-red patina
, Ex-Boston MFA (1917 accension) with ticket; rare
Catalog current as of Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
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