PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Temp. Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon). 145-116 B.C. Æ chalkous. 1.1 gm. 10 mm. Uncertain mint in Cyprus. Head of female (Aphrodite or Arsinoe III?) right / Filleted double cornucopia. Svoronos 1160. SNG Copenhagen 648. Near Very Fine; pleasing glossy dark patina with pale green earthen highlights; lovely portrait, and particularly crisp reverse.
Ex Early American History Auctions (22 October 2005) lot 1523.
Sold there as "Egypt, 51-30 B.C., Bronze 1/8 Unit of Cleopatra VII, Very Fine. Diademed youthful bust of the famous Cleopatra / Double cornucopiae. (175-250)." Some dealers supported this spurious attribution, but the standard convention is as our attribution above.
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