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Sale: Nomos 1, Lot: 129. Estimate CHF15000. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2009. 
Sold For CHF29000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy II Philadelphos, with Arsinöe II, Ptolemy I, and Berenike I. 285-246 BC. Mnaeion or Octodrachm (Gold, 27.84 g 12), after 265. ΑΔΕΛΦΩΝ Diademed jugate busts of Ptolemy II, draped, and Arsinoe II, veiled, to right; behind, Gallic shield Rev. ΘΕΩΝ Diademed jugate busts of Ptolemy I, draped, and Berenike I, veiled, to right. SNG Copenhagen 132. Svoronos 603. A fine, lustrous example struck on a broad flan. Minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.

This coin was designed to display the dynastic continuity of the Ptolemies, with the present rulers, Ptolemy II and his sister-wife Arsinoe II, on the obverse and the deified parents, Ptolemy I and Berenike I, on the reverse. The Gallic shield on the obverse was Ptolemy II’s personal badge.