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Ancients: Ptolemy V Epiphanes (205/4-180 BC). AR tetradrachm (14.10 gm). ...

2011 January New York Signature World & Ancient Coins Auction #3012

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Auction Ended On: Jan 3, 2011
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Location: Waldorf Astoria
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Ptolemy V Epiphanes (205/4-180 BC). AR tetradrachm (14.10 gm). Military mint in Phoenicia, regnal year 8 (197/6 BC). Diademed and draped bust of Ptolemy V right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle with folded wings standing left on thunderbolt; between legs, NI. Svoronos 1280. O. Mørkholm, "Portrait Coinage of Ptolemy V," Essays Thompson group XVI (A6/P uncertain, obv. die not recorded for this issue). SNG Copenhagen -. Die-breaks on obverse. Toned. Good very fine.

The reign of Ptolemy V, who became king at the age of six, ushered in a period of great difficulty for the Ptolemaic kingdom. Realizing that Ptolemy and his advisors were ineffectual, Philip V of Macedon and the Seleukid king, Antiochos III, entered into a pact to carve up the Ptolemaic dominions outside of Egypt. Additionally, there were native revolts under the leadership of secessionist pharaohs of Upper Egypt, as is recorded on the famous Rosetta Stone. Numismatically the most notable development of the reign is Ptolemy V's use of his own portrait on his tetradrachms, temporarily replacing of the monotonous but traditional portrait of Ptolemy I.

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