Ptolemaic Kingdom. Ptolemy VI and VIII joint reign, 170 to 164 BC. AE 33

Ancient Coins - Ptolemaic Kingdom. Ptolemy VI and VIII joint reign, 170 to 164 BC. AE 33
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Denomination : AE 33.

Reference : Sear Greek - 7900 variety.

Size : 32.6 x 34.1 mm. Weight : 31.67 grams.

Grade : VF with a matt finish.  When this coin came to me it has a glossy finish due to a coat of laquor which I have removed (traces remain on the reverse).

Obverse : Head of Zeus right.

Reverse : Two eagles standing left with wings folded, with a cornucopiae in the left field,  and PTOLEMAIOY BASILEWS around (the cornucopiae is weakly struck). 

The double eagle reverse is symbolic of two Kings on the throne at the same type.  It only appears on Ptolemaic bronzes in two periods, with the other being the brief joint rule of Ptolemy I and II.

I disagree with the currently accepted designations of which Ptolemys are Ptolemy VII (Philopator) and Ptolemy VIII (Euergetes).   Euergetes was on the throne jointly with Philometor, before Philopator came to the throne.  Euergetes official status is recognized on the coins via the double eagle symbol.  As such I feel Euergetes should rightfully be Ptolemy VII, and Philopator should be Ptolemy VIII during his brief rule between the joint and sole reigns of Euergetes.  However, I have used the currently recognized system in this listing.

Price SKU: vcoin1845
US$ 130.00
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  • CHF 129.76
  • CAD 170.66

Rates for: 06/15/18

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