Estimate: 4000 CHF
Price realized: 3400 CHF
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT
Cleopatra VII Thea Neotera & Ptolemy XV Caesarion, 44-30 BC. (Bronze, 29 mm, 15.23 g, 12 h), Paphos, circa 47. Diademed and draped bust of Cleopatra VII, as Aphrodite, to right, scepter behind her shoulder; to right, small winged bust of Caesarion, as Eros, looking up at his mother. Rev. BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ KΛEOΠATPAΣ Double cornucopia bound with fillet; in the lower right field, monogram of ΚΥΠΡ. BMC 2. RPC 3901. Svoronos 1874. Very rare. Light roughness and reverse softly struck, otherwise, very fine.
From a German collection, acquired in the 1990s in Munich.
This extremely rare issue of Cleopatra VII was likely struck in 47 BC, shortly after the birth of her son Caesarion. Caesar had just given the island of Cyprus to Cleopatra, and this issue, struck at Paphos, advertised her intent to have Caesarion rule jointly with her.