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Kleopatra Selene, Daughter of Antony & Kleopatra

318, Lot: 362. Estimate $500.
Sold for $4000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of MAURETANIA. Kleopatra Selene. Wife of Juba II, circa 26/0 BC-AD 4/17. Æ Unit (28mm, 13.72 g, 5h). Caesarea mint. Diademed and draped bust left of Kleopatra Selene / Crocodile standing right. Mazard 395; MAA 214; SNG Copenhagen 612. Fine, green and brown patina, irregular edge as made. Extremely rare portrait coin of the last surviving member of the Ptolemaic dynasty.

Cleopatra Selene, along with her brothers Alexander Helios and Ptolemy Philadelphos, were brought to Rome following Augustus’ victory at Actium. Cleopatra’s hand was given to Juba II, Augustus’ loyal client king, sometime between 26 and 20 BC. The date of her death is a matter of debate, possibly occurring sometime around AD 4 or as late as 17. Her brothers presumably died in childhood, either naturally or by assassination.