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Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (170-116 BC)

Æ 34mm/20.00gm. Cyrene Mint

Con/ aVF; dark green near black patina

Obv/ Horned head of Zeus Ammon right, diademed with basileion (floral ornament) within dotted border

Rev/ BASILEWS PTOLEMAIOU EUERGETOU; eagle, wings spread, standing right, on thunderbolt; K in r. field.

Ref/ Svornos 1649

Seller's Note/ This very rare coin (not listed on Wildwinds) belongs to an interesting class of bronzes that include the epithet Eurgetes in their legend, assuring the attribution to   Ptolemy VIII. O. Mørkholm believed that bronzes with this legend were of an uncertain Cypriotic mint (see SNG Cop 651-657). But T.V. Buttery published a number of examples found at the Cyrene (northen coast of modern Libya) excavations, proving that they originated there.


 
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