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Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II and Ptolemy Nios, c. 267 - 259 B.C.
This is one of the first Ptolemaic coin types with the two eagles on a thunderbolt. Matt Kreuzer believes this symbolized two co-rulers in harmony. Ptolemy Nios was the nephew and step-son of Ptolemy II. Nios was co-regent with his father from c. 267 B.C. until 259 B.C. After he was removed as co-regent, he probably became ruler of Telmessos in Lycia.
Drachms of this period have a weight peak of c. 72 grams.
GP88268. Bronze drachm
, Lorber CPE
437 (13 spec.); BMC Ptolemies
p. 51, 50, pl. x, 6; Mionnet
VI p. 30, 237; Weiser
-, gF, holed, attractive brown-black tone, central cavities, Alexandria
67.366g, maximum diameter
40.2mm, die axis
, c. 265 - 259 B.C.; obverse
diademed and horned head
of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse
ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King
Ptolemy), two eagles standing left with closed wings on two thunderbolts, ∆ between the legs of the eagle
on the left; ex Ora Eads Collection; ex CNG Sale 41 (19 Mar 1997), lot 1035 (part
of), huge coin, over 67 grams!
Catalog current as of Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
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