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Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 512. Estimate $200. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $180. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy VI Philometor. First reign, 180-164 BC. Æ Drachm (30mm, 24.16 g, 12h). Salamis mint. Struck under regency of Eulaios, circa 176-170 BC. Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right / Eagle standing left on thunderbolt; scepter across background, lotus to left, EUL between legs. Svoronos 1396; Weiser 151; SNG Copenhagen 293. Near VF, dark green-brown patina, a little rough.

From the Chris Blom Collection.

As Ptolemy VI was only 12 years old upon his assumption of the throne, Egypt was ruled by a series of regents until Ptolemy came of age in 169 BC. Almost nothing is known today of Eulaios other than that he was a eunuch who took over the regency following the death of Ptolemy’s mother, Cleopatra I in 176 BC.