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Kingdom of Chalkis, Coele Syria, Ptolemaios, 85 - 40 B.C.
Ptolemaios son of Mennaios (also known as Ptolemy I), an Ituraean Arab dynast, established the Kingdom of Chalkis, c. 85 B.C., during the collapse of the Seleukid Empire. The kingdom, with its capitol at Chalcis sub Libano at the foot of Antilibanus, included Heliopolis, the valley of the Marsyas, and the mountainous region of Ituraea. In 64 B.C., he bribed Pompey the Great to forgo annexing his kingdom into the new Roman province of Syria and to allow him to continue ruling his territory as Tetrarch. Ptolemaios was succeeded by his son Lysanias, who was put to death by Marc Antony for supporting Mattathias Antigonus over Herod the Great. Antony gave the tiny kingdom of Chalkis to Cleopatra as a gift.
RP85946. Bronze AE 19, Herman
1, SNG Cop
1218, Cohen DCA
468, HGC 9
1439 (S), BMC Phoenicia
p. 203, 18 corr.
(Tripolis), VF, well centered
and struck on a tight flan
, attractive style
, porous, Chalkis sub Libano mint, weight
6.219g, maximum diameter
18.2mm, die axis
, 73 - 72 B.C.; obverse
of Zeus (or tetrarch) right; reverse
, standing facing, heads confronted
above each head
, each wearing a petasos
and Roman military garb, spear in outer hand, inner hand on his hip, LMΣ (Seleukid era
year 240) downward on right; $125.00
Catalog current as of Friday, May 24, 2019.
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