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Live auction - bgr_439610 - LAGID KINGDOM - CLEOPATRA VII AND PTOLEMY XIII Quatre-vingts drachmes

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Estimate : 3 000 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 12 September 2017 14:42:43
Type : Quatre-vingts drachmes
Date: c. 51-40 AC.
Mint name / Town : Alexandrie, Égypt
Metal : copper
Diameter : 27 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,,65 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de belle conservation pour ce monnayage souvent fruste. Portrait de Cléopâtre bien identifiable au droit. Joli revers bien venu à la frappe. Épaisse patine verte avec des concrétions
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de Münzen un Medaillen Basel (vendu 1600 FS) avant 2000


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 double corne d’abondance.
Reverse legend : KLEOPATRAS - BASILISSHS/ P.
Reverse translation : (Cléopâtre reine).


Portrait très particulier (féminin). Ce type bien qu’abondamment frappé 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 his father in 51 BC 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 murdered at the instigation of Ptolemy XIII. Caesar arrived in Alexandria sided with Cleopatra against her brother (war of Alexandria), fell under the spell of the Queen of Egypt and had a son, Caesarion, Ptolemy XV future. Cleopatra followed the conqueror in Rome, but returned to Egypt after the death of Caesar in 44 BC It then subdued Antony, Caesar's lieutenant and partner of Octavian and Lepidus in the Second Triumvirate. She had several children including Ptolemy Philadelphus. War became inevitable between Rome and Egypt from the proclamation of the "gift of Alexandria" where Mark Antony planned to restore the Ptolemaic power in the East. Antony and Cleopatra were defeated at Actium in 31 BC, Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide the following year, not included in Octave Triomphe, preferred to commit suicide with an asp. Caesarion was put to death by Octavian.

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