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Auction 43  12-15 May 2022
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Lot 28

Starting price: 18 000 USD
Price realized: 22 000 USD
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EGYPT (PTOLEMAIC): Ptolemy VI Philometor, 181/0-145 BC, AV octodrachm-mnaieion (27.60g), Kition (Citium), Cyprus, year 29 (153/2 BC), Svoronos- (unrecorded date), SNG Copenhagen-, struck in the name of the deified Queen Arsinoe II (died 270 BC), head right with ram's horn, veiled and wearing stephanos, lotus-tipped scepter in background // double cornucopiae bound with fillet, pomegranates and grape clusters hanging from the brim of each horn, date (LKΘ) and mintmark (KI) on either side, APΣINOHΣ ΦIΛAΔEΛΦOY, light scratches in obverse field, bent and brushed, Strike 5/5, Surface 2/5, NGC graded Choice EF, possibly unique.

An extremely rare mint for Ptolemaic gold coins, Svoronos knew of only year 14 from Kition for Ptolemy VI, as well as only a handful others for the entire dynasty. Only one other example dated year 23 (Lanz 102:343 in 2001, unpublished in Svoronos) has ever appeared in a public auction to our knowledge.

Estimate: 20,000-25,000 USD
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