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Triton XXII, Lot: 400. Estimate $10000.
Sold for $6000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305/4 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.09 g, 12h). In the name of Alexander III of Macedon. Memphis or Alexandreia mint. Struck circa 320/19-314/3 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing elephant skin / AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; thunderbolt in left field, monogram below throne. CPE 33; Svoronos 22; Zervos Issue 13, dies 251/– (unlisted rev. die); SNG Copenhagen 11; Noeske –; Athena Fund I 77 (this coin). EF, lightly toned. Struck in high relief from dies of exemplary style.

From the collection of a Northern California Gentleman. Ex Athena Fund (Part I, Sotheby’s Zurich (26 October 1993), lot 77; Numismatic Fine Arts XXVII (4 December 1991), lot 85; Christie’s New York (2 May 1989), lot 760; Kovacs FPL 26 (July 1987), no. 63.