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Lot # 333 - Auction is closed.Estimate: US$250 / Price Realized: US$200
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II. Tetradrachm
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II. 285-246 BC. Tetradrachm, 14.21gg. (1h). Sidon, c. 265/4-262/1 BC. Obv: Diademed bust of Ptolemy I right, aegis (off flan) knotted around neck. Rx: TOEMAIOY - BAIE Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, in left field mintmark I above encircled N, these marks engraved over an earlier mintmark I. Meydancikkale pl. 141, 4665. Svoronos 718. VF.

A reverse die with the field marks similarly re-engraved, proving that the issue with marks I above encircled N followed that with just I, was first noticed by Davesne and Le Rider, Le tresor de Meydancikkale, Paris 1989, p. 268. At least three reverse dies underwent this alteration: (a) Meydancikkale 4664-5; (b) our coin and Freeman & Sear, MBS 15, 27 June 2008, lot 222; (c) Argenor 5, 29 April 2002, lot 126. Two further specimens, BM 35 and in trade (Rollin & Feuardent), were listed but not illustrated by Svoronos 718, who wrongly interpreted the recut field marks as deriving from double-striking.
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