Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy IX II (Lathyros), 2nd Reign, 88 - 80 B.C.
Ptolemy IX Lathyros was of three times with intervening periods ruled by his brother, Ptolemy X Alexander. His first reign ended when his mother and co-regent III claimed that he tried to kill her and replaced him with Alexander, her favorite son. Ptolemy IX, replaced the gold sarcophagus of Alexander the Great with a one and melted the original to strike . The citizens of were outraged and he was killed soon after.GP84839. Bronze AE 34, 1696 (only 1 specimen), -, -, -, -, -, -, -, F, dark green , porous, a little off center, with pre-strike casting sprues, 16.863 g, maximum 33.7 mm, 0o, Cypriot mint, c. 87 B.C.; diademed and horned of Zeus-Ammon right; ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, two eagles standing left on thunderbolt, with diadem and straps (control symbol) left; extremely ; $180.00 (€160.20)
Ptolemaic Kingdom; Ptolemy IX, 2nd reign, 88 - 80 B.C.; or Ptolemy XII, 1st reign, 80 - 58 B.C.
The finds were excavated at the House of Dionysos in Paphos.GP84889. Bronze , 383 - 385, otherwise unpublished, gVF, 1.996 g, maximum 15.3 mm, 0o, Paphos mint, 88 - 58 B.C.; diademed and horned of Zeus right; ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, single bound with ; ; $180.00 (€160.20)
Salamis, , c. 322 - 310 B.C.
Salamis was a town on the east coast of , at the end of a fertile plain between two mountains, near the River Pediaeus.GB85330. Bronze AE 13, 27; 130 (Evagoras II); p. 61, 74 (Evagoras II); -, VF, rough, corrosion, 2.750 g, maximum 13.2 mm, 0o, Salamis mint, c. 322 - 310 B.C.; helmeted and draped of left, wearing crested Attic helmet, earring and necklace; prow left, ΣAΛ upward on left; very ; $180.00 (€160.20)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, VII Thea , 51 - 30 B.C., Paphos,
This is the smallest issued by the Ptolemaic Kingdom, and among the last coins struck. It has been re-attributed to VII by Matt . Three examples of this tiny coinage were found at the House of Dionysos, the Ptolemaic bronze coin mint discussed in . One was found in room , along with sixty-two quarter obols. A second was found in Well 11, along with fifteen more quarter obols. The third was a single find, near a late Roman coin. The Romans last issued this under , when it was marked with an E for five drachmai.GP85369. Bronze 1/8 , 1246 (Ptolemy V), 170, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, -, F, dark green , earthen deposits, light scratches, 0.946 g, maximum 10.7 mm, Paphos mint, 51 - 30 B.C.; winged (thunderbolt); ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, standing left, left, wings closed; ; $150.00 (€133.50)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy I , 305 - 285 B.C.
Ptolemy, one of Alexander the Great's generals, was appointed of in 323 B.C. In 305 B.C. he took the title and established the Ptolemaic dynasty. The ancients likened Ptolemy I to a tortoise who would from time to time reach forth to secure what he desired, but who always had a safe retreat in , behind its desert defenses.GP84834. Bronze , 80 - 81; p. 7, 59; 3, 27; 643; 13; -; -, F, rough, pitting, 4.646 g, maximum 16.6 mm, 45o, Salamis(?) mint, as , c. 310 - 305 B.C.; of Aphrodite right, wearing a (ornamented with leaves = Sv. 80, or plain = Sv. 81), earring, and necklace; ΠTOΛE, standing left on thunderbolt, left, wings open, left; ; $140.00 (€124.60)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy X Alexander, c. 116 - 80 B.C., Ancient Counterfeit
This is an unusual ancient counterfeit with a Cypriot portrait of Zeus . The central "dimples" on this counterfeit were actually cut into the dies and struck into the . On the official coins the "dimple" resulted from a production process and was not a feature of the dies. This is the third specimen of this counterfeit known to .GP84120. Bronze AE 21, cf. 1698 (official mint), VF, dark green , highlighting earthen deposits, pre-strike casting sprue remaining, struck imitations of , 5.201 g, maximum 20.6 mm, 0o, unofficial Cypriot mint, c. 116 - 80 B.C.; diademed of Zeus right, central "dimple"; ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, two eagles standing left on thunderbolts, side by side, heads left, wings closed, left, central "dimple"; $130.00 (€115.70)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Neopaphos, , VII(?), c. 51 - 30 B.C.
While not noted in , this is fairly common on and many have been found in the excavations at Neopaphos. The lack of a indicates they were struck after 96 B.C. Recent Cypriot numismatic publications date them to the time of VII.GP84819. Bronze , 69; 469 ff.; 68; 128; 35; -; -; -; -, VF, dark , with edge split, light corrosion, 2.763 g, maximum 15.8 mm, 0o, Neopaphos mint, c. 51 - 30 B.C.; laureate of Zeus right; statue of standing left, stalks of grain in right hand, long in left hand, above; $95.00 (€84.55)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, III and Ptolemy IX II (Lathyros), c. 116 - 110 B.C.
The date and reign of issue for this are uncertain. attributed it to Ptolemy IV but noted it may "belong to a later reign." Recent attributions span from Ptolemy to Ptolemy X. suggests it is very similar to 1426, from the mint, with a in place of the silphium .GB65953. Bronze AE 20, 1158 (Ptolemy IV); 455 (2nd century B.C.); 447 (2nd century B.C.); -, -, -, VF, 8.320 g, maximum 20.0 mm, 0o, Kyrene mint, c. 116 - 110 B.C.; of Zeus right with ram's horn, wearing and ; ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, two eagles with closed wings standing left on two thunderbolts, silphium in left ; ; $85.00 (€75.65)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II , 285 - 246 B.C.,
became of Alexander the Great's empire when he defeated . After the succession struggles between Alexander's generals, was ruled by the Ptolemies of .GP90086. Bronze , 363; p. 14, 7; VI 229, 8; 107; 69, 55; 12; -; -, F, green with earthen encrustation, 10.040 g, maximum 20.5 mm, 0o, Salamis(?) mint, c. 285 - 274 B.C.; of Alexander the Great right, wearing scalp headdress; ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, standing left on thunderbolt, left, wings closed, EY over XAP left; ex Rusty Romans; $60.00 (€53.40)
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