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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 831

KINGS of MAURETANIA. Juba II, with Ptolemy. 25 BC-AD 24. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.15 g, 8h). Caesarea mint.

Triton XXIV
Lot: 831.
 Estimated: $ 750

Greek, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 2 250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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KINGS of MAURETANIA. Juba II, with Ptolemy. 25 BC-AD 24. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.15 g, 8h). Caesarea mint. REX • IVBA, diademed head of Juba right, drapery on far shoulder / REX • PTOLEMAEVS • REGIS • IVBÆ F •, diademed and draped bust of Ptolemy left. Spoerri-Butcher II, Group B, dies A6/R2, 16 (this coin); Mazard 379; MAA 111; SNG Copenhagen –. Toned, flan crack, scratches, small flan flaw on obverse. Good VF. Rare.

From the TAB Collection. Ex Gorny & Mosch 142 (10 October 2005), lot 1786; Münzen und Medaillen AG 85 (11 April 1997), lot 157.

Ptolemy was not the strong leader his father had been, and increasing restiveness among the tribes led to the outbreak of several revolts, which he could not quell. Ptolemy was called to Rome for consultations in AD 40, where he was murdered by the unstable emperor Gaius Caligula. Mauretania was formally annexed to the empire in AD 44, and the revolts were brutally crushed by Roman legions. These rare coins in the name of "Ptolemy, son of King Juba" affirm the continuity of the Mauretanian dynasty and its long dedication to the "Roman Peace" of Augustus at a time when strains were opening in the relationship between overlord and client king. The death of Ptolemy marked the final end of the dynasty begun by his illustrious ancestor, Ptolemy I Soter.

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session Three, which begins 20 January 2021 at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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