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Ptolemaic Kyrenaica, Ptolemy III Euergetes - Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II, 246 - 116 B.C.
The fabric and style of this type varies considerably, indicating the type was likely struck over a long period.GP93409. Bronze obol, Lorber CPE B487; Svoronos 871; Weiser 103; SNG Cop 443; BMC Cyrenaica p. 83, 44; SNG Milan 449, F, toned brass, dark fields, bumps and marks, central depressions, weight 7.712 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene (near Shahhat, Libya) mint, c. 245 - 140 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy I Soter right, wearing aegis, central impression; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King Ptolemy), head of Libya right, wearing tainia and necklace, hair in formal curls down neck, double cornucopia below chin, central impression; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $70.00 (Ä61.60)
Kyrene, Kyrenaica, North Africa, Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246 - 222 B.C.
Alexander the Great received tribute from the cities of Kyrenaica after he took Egypt. Kyrenaica was annexed by Ptolemy I Soter. It briefly gained independence under Magas of Cyrene, stepson of Ptolemy I, but was reabsorbed into the Ptolemaic empire after his death. It was separated from the main kingdom by Ptolemy VIII and given to his son Ptolemy Apion, who, dying without heirs in 96 B.C., bequeathed it to the Roman Republic.GP91434. Bronze dichalkon, Lorber CPE B480; Svoronos 872; SNG Milan 475; BMC Cyrenaica p. 82, 42; SNG Cop -, F, well centered, lightly etched surfaces, edge cracks, central depressions, obverse edge beveled, weight 1.634 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene (near Shahhat, Libya) mint, 246 - 222 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy Soter right with aegis; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King Ptolemy), head of Libya right, hair in formal curls down neck, cornucopia behind; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; very rare; $40.00 (Ä35.20)