EGYPT. ALEXANDRIA.Cleopatra Bereniki III (and Ptolemy XI) 80 BC.or Ptolemy XII 80-51 BC.AR.Tetradrachm.Year One 81-80 BC.

Ancient Coins - EGYPT. ALEXANDRIA.Cleopatra Bereniki III (and Ptolemy XI) 80 BC.or Ptolemy XII 80-51 BC.AR.Tetradrachm.Year One 81-80 BC.
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EGYPT. ALEXANDRIA.Cleopatra Bereniki III (and Ptolemy XI) 80 BC.or Ptolemy XII 80-51 BC.AR.Tetradrachm.Year One 81-80 BC. (14.38g,23mm, 12h)
Diademend head right of Ptolemy Soter ( founder of the dynasty ) wearing aegis.
Reverse.ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣ(ΙΛΕΩΣ), eagle standing left on thunderbolt, in front date LA= regnal year 1(= 81/80 BC, behind mint signature ΠΑ.
Ref:Sv.1734, SNG Cop 376, Noeske 325-326 ( all authors attribute� this year to Ptol.XII but see below).
Good very fine / Very fine.light scratch downwards on face and across neck.

Ptolemy IX Soter II died December 81 BC and his daughter Cleopatra Beneniki III became regent. She married Ptolemy XI Alexander IIsometime in June 80 BC and after about two weeks he murderedher.Cleopatra Bereniki III was a popular queen and the Alexandrian's,outraged, dragged this Ptolemy from the palace and murdered him in thegymnasium.Ptolemy XII, who was in exile at the court of Mithradates VIwas called to Egypt as the new king.Otto Morkholm in his imprtant article ( ANSMN 20, 1975'Dated silver coins of Alexandria') suggests ,and in accordance with documentaryevidence, that coins dated regnal one may well belong to the periodof Cleopatra Bereniki's short duration as regent since most of the year wasoccupied� by the reigns of Ptolemy IX and Cleopatra Bereniki III.Thestyle of the obverse of this coin is certainly closer to the new style tetradrachma coins ofPtolemy IX than those of Ptolemy XII.
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