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610686
Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 686. Estimate $600. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

IONIA, Ephesos. Circa 288-280 BC. AR Octobol (5.54 gm). Veiled head of Arsinoë right / Bow and quiver; monogram left, bee right. Head pg. 44. VF. Rare. ($600)

Lysimachos made himself master of Ephesos in 295 and shortly thereafter changed the city's name to Arsinoeia in honor of his wife, the daughter of Ptolemy I. After the death of Lysimachos in 280, Arsinoë married her half brother Ptolemy Ceraunus and finally her full brother Ptolemy II. She became the first Ptolemaic ruler to enter the Egyptian temples as "temple-sharing goddess" and was revered by the later Ptolemies.