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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |North Africa| > |Kyrenaica| > GP96785
Ptolemaic Kyrenaica, Ptolemy III Euergetes - Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II, c. 246 - 116 B.C.
|Kyrenaica|, |Ptolemaic| |Kyrenaica,| |Ptolemy| |III| |Euergetes| |-| |Ptolemy| |VIII| |Euergetes| |II,| |c.| |246| |-| |116| |B.C.|,
Cyrene was an ancient Greek and later Roman city near present-day Shahhat, Libya. It was the oldest and most important of the five Greek cities in the region. It gave eastern Libya the classical name Cyrenaica that it has retained to modern times. Cyrene lies in a lush valley in the Jebel Akhdar uplands. The city was named after a spring, Kyre, which the Greeks consecrated to Apollo. It was also the seat of the Cyrenaics, a famous school of philosophy in the fourth century B.C., founded by Aristippus, a disciple of Socrates. Cyrene
GP96785. Bronze dichalkon, Lorber CPE B488; Asolati 76; Svoronos 873 (10 spec.); BMC Ptolemies p. 38, 13; Weiser 105; SNG Cop 439; SNG Milan 480; Noeske 130, F, Kyrene (near Shahhat, Libya) mint, weight 2.986g, maximum diameter 16.2mm, die axis 0o, c. 246 - 116 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy I Soter right, wearing aegis; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King Ptolemy), head of Libya right, wearing tainia and necklace, hair in formal curls down neck, cornucopia below chin; ex Naville auction 54 (15 Dec 2019), lot 201 (part of); ex Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Collection; $75.00 SALE |PRICE| $67.50


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