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Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C.
We might expect the K on the reverse right to indicate regnal year 20. BMC Ptolemies notes, however, the title ΣΩTHPOΣ (savior) did not appear on the coinage until Ptolemy II's regnal year 25. On some very similar specimens, it is not just a K but instead a KE ligature (), which has been interpreted to mean year 25. Svoronos describes this type (Sv 723) with a KE ligature but the plate coin actually looks like a plain K. It seems likely that a KE ligature was intended but for some specimens it was not correctly engraved or not fully struck.
SH82655. Silver tetradrachm
, SNG Milan
142 (same rev.
die); cf. Svoronos
KE); BMC Ptolemies
p. 29, 55 (same); SNG Cop
509 (same), Weiser
-, aVF, test marks, obverse
a little off center, bumps and scratches, graffito on reverse
before eagles neck, Sidon
(Saida, Lebanon) mint, weight
13.808g, maximum diameter
27.0mm, die axis
, 261 - 260 BC; obverse
of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis
ΠTOΛEMAIOY ΣΩTHPOΣ (Ptolemy Savior), eagle
standing on thunderbolt left, ΣI over ∆I inner left, K inner right; ex Bertolami Fine
Arts e-auction 57 (Mar 2018), lot 46; ex Pavlos Pavlou Collection; rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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