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    Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos (Auletes) (restored, 55-51 BC). AR tetradrachm (10.69 gm). Alexandria, regnal year 28 (54/3 BC). Diademed bust of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle with folded wings standing left on thunderbolt; in left field, date (L KH) above headdress of Isis; in right field, ΠA. Svoronos 1837. SNG Copenhagen 395. Toned. An unimprovable example! Superb extremely fine.

    Ptolemy XII, known by his derisive nickname Auletes ("flute player"), was a weak and self-indulgent ruler, but somehow managed to hold power for 25 tumultuous years, excluding a three-year period of exile in Rome between his two reigns (80-58 BC and 55-51 BC). His nickname derives from his love of music and his chubby cheeks, which resembled those of a pan-pipes player. Strangely, his very weakness and indebtedness to Rome became a factor in his longevity in power, since the Romans found it prudent to prop up his regime to ensure his continuing repayment of his enormous loans. An illegitimate son of Ptolemy IX Soter, he is most famous for being the father of Cleopatra VII, the last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt and a much more forceful and dynamic person than her father.
    From The BVH Collection.


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    January, 2011
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