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Tetrarchy of Chalkis, Coele Syria, Lysanias, 40 - 36 B.C.
RIC notes, One would expect the portrait to be of Lysanias, but the monogram suggests the portrait is a posthumous portrait of Ptolemy. RPC also notes that the diademed portrait is surprising as neither Ptolemy nor Lysanias had the rank of king.
RY84820. Bronze AE 19, Lindgren III 1238 (same obv. die, same countermark) / 1239 (same rev. die), RPC I 4768b, Herman 10d, SNG Cop -, F, dark patina with earthen fill, tight flan, corrosion, Chalkis ad Libanon (Qinnasrin, Syria) mint, weight 6.581g, maximum diameter 19.2mm, die axis 0o
, 40 B.C.; obverse diademed head right, wearing earring, ΠTO(?) monogram behind, monogram countermark on neck; reverse AVCANIOV TETP APX IΦ, Nike standing left raising wreath in right hand, palm frond over left shoulder in left hand, monograms in fields, BOC (year 272 of the Seleukid Era) downward on right; $50.00
Catalog current as of Thursday, July 18, 2019.
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