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GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy VI and Kleopatra I
Rare middle-size bronze of the series that has unusual name of Queen Kleopatra I (BASILISES KLEOPATRAS) on the *obverse* in addition to the usual BASILEOS PTOLEMAIOY on the reverse. Svoronos 1381. Full sharp inscriptions, centered. Nice.
Portrait of 'Alexandria' on obverse, open-wing eagle on reverse with PI/A monogram to left.

22mm - 7.114 gram - 12h

Kleopatra I was the daughter of Antiochos III, married off to Ptolemy V at the end of the 5th Syrian war ca 195BC, tying up the turnover and permanent loss of all of Phoenician Ptolemaic territory (Tyre, Sidon, Ake-Ptolemais, etc.) to the Seleukid kingdom. Mother of Ptolemy VI who assumed the throne at age 5 upon the death of Ptolemy V, Kleopatra I was his regent until her death in 176 BC. An unusual series of three sizes of bronze coins (Svoronos 1380, 81, 82) bear her name on the obverse where most Ptolemaic bronzes have no inscription at all. When Antiochos IV attacked Egypt ca. 170 BC and captured Ptolemy VI, ruling for a time with him, it was all in the family. Antiochos IV was the young Egyptian king's uncle, through the earlier marriage of Kleopatra I into the Lagid court of Alexandria. Interesting and historic coin type, unusual layout of inscriptions for a Ptolemaic bronze.
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Skyler  [Aug 15, 2012 at 04:19 PM]
Very beautiful! 5 stars! Great portrait and Eagle!
quadrans  [Aug 15, 2012 at 07:20 PM]
Very nice coin
Randygeki(h2)  [Aug 17, 2012 at 09:00 AM]
Wow! Truly excellent coin!
kc  [Aug 17, 2012 at 02:00 PM]
Nice patina..great eagle!
rexesq  [Aug 22, 2012 at 03:15 PM]
Beautiful Eagle, great coin overall!
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