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Live auction - bgr_674017 - EGYPT - LAGID OR PTOLEMAIC KINGDOM - PTOLEMY II PHILADELPHUS Octodrachme d’or (mnaieon)

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Estimate : 9 000 €
Price : 9 100 €
Maximum bid : 9 100 €
End of the sale : 07 September 2021 14:51:46
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Octodrachme d’or (mnaieon)
Date: c. 260 AC.
Mint name / Town : Alexandria
Metal : gold
Diameter : 28 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 27,71 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire, centré des deux côtés. Très joli revers, détaillé. Patine de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la vente Albuquerque VSO 71, n° 2 (15 décembre 1996) et de la collection Aymé Cornu


Obverse legend : K DERRIÈRE LA TÊTE.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé et voilé d’Arsinoé II à droite, une fleur de lotus à la pointe de la tête.


Reverse description : Double corne d’abondance, remplie de fruits, une grappe de raisin suspendue de chaque côté, les bandelettes flottant au vent.
Reverse legend : ARSINOHS - FILADELFOU.
Reverse translation : (d’Arsinoé Philadelphe).


Ce type est bien frappé sous le règne de Ptolémée II et n’est pas posthume. Petit kappa derrière la tête. Exemplaire de très beau style.

Historical background

EGYPT - UNITED Ptolemy - Ptolemy II Philadelphus

(285-246 BC)

Coinage in the name of Arsinoe II (+271 avant J.-C.)

Ptolemy II succeeded his father in 283 BC, but it was associated with the business before that date. Married in 288 BC Arsinoe, daughter of Lysimachus, he married a second time in 276 BC, his sister, Arsinoe II. Daughter of Ptolemy I and Berenice, she had married successively Lysimachus and Ptolemy Ceraunos, his half-brother, and was deified, identified with the goddess Hathor, when she died in 271 BC Ptolemy was an important issue coinage restitution to remember him. During the last twenty-five years of his life, Ptolemy II had completed the Lighthouse where Alexander was buried. It was one of the seven wonders of the world with the Museum and the Library of Alexandria.

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