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    Ptolemaic Kingdom. Ptolemy IV Philopator. 221-205 BC. Mnaieion or One-Mina Piece (formerly Octadrachm), 27.79g (11h). Alexandria, c. 217 BC. Obv: Radiate and diademed bust right of deified Ptolemy III wearing aegis and with trident resting on his shoulder. Rx: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ - ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ Radiate cornucopia bound with royal diadem, ΔI below. Svoronos 1117. SNG Copenhagen 196. Flatly struck at the highest point, otherwise Near Mint State with good luster.

    At the time of the Fourth Syrian War, Ptolemy IV had these gold coins struck in memory of his father, to commemorate the great victories over the Seleucids in the Third Syrian War. Previous to the battle in order to promote victory, the Queen, Arsinoe III, promised two gold minae for each soldier if the Ptolemaic army was successful. Following the victory, as recorded in the Raphia Decree, one-mina coins of this type were undoubtedly given.


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    April, 2011
    14th Thursday
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