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Live auction - bgr_728496 - LAGID KINGDOM - CLEOPATRA VII AND PTOLEMY XIII Quarante drachmes

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Estimate : 950 €
Price : 500 €
Maximum bid : 500 €
End of the sale : 07 June 2022 14:31:55
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Quarante drachmes
Date: c. 51-40 AC.
Mint name / Town : Alexandrie, Égypte
Metal : copper
Diameter : 21,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 11,56 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée à l’usure importante mais qui reste bien identifiable. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé de Cléopâtre VII à droite.


Reverse description : Aigle debout à gauche sur un foudre, les ailes entrouvertes ; dans le champ à gauche, une corne d’abondance.
Reverse legend : KLEOPATRAS - BASILISSHS/ M.
Reverse translation : (Cléopâtre reine).


Trou de centrage au revers. Ce type reste très recherché et collectionné.

Historical background


(51-47 BC)

Cleopatra (69-30 AC. ) is the daughter of Ptolemy XII and Cleopatra VI. She succeeded her father in 51 BC.. -VS. together with her brother and husband Ptolemy XIII (51-47 AC. ). Pompey, after the defeat of Pharsalus (48 AC. ), tried to find refuge in Egypt, but was assassinated at the instigation of Ptolemy XIII. Caesar arrived in Alexandria, took the side of Cleopatra against his brother, (war of Alexandria), fell under the charm of the queen of Egypt and had a son, Caesarion, the future Ptolemy XV. Cleopatra followed the conqueror to Rome, but returned to Egypt after Caesar's death in 44 BC. -VS. She then subjugated Marc Antoine, Caesar's lieutenant and the partner of Octave and Lépide in the second Triumvirate. She had several children including Ptolemy Philadelphus. The war became inevitable between Rome and Egypt from the proclamation of the "donation of Alexandria" where Marc Antoine projected to restore the lagide power in the East. Antony and Cleopatra were defeated at Actium in 31 BC. -VS. Antoine committed suicide the following year and Cleopatra, in order not to appear in the Triumph of Octave, preferred to kill herself with an asp.. Caesarion was put to death by Octavian.

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