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Ex ‘Distinguished American,’ Hunt, and Castro Maya Collections

Triton XXII, Lot: 420. Estimate $20000.
Sold for $30000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Berenike II, wife of Ptolemy III. Circa 244/3-221 BC. AR Dekadrachm (34mm, 35.60 g, 11h). Alexandreia mint. Struck under Ptolemy IV, circa 211/0 BC. Veiled and draped bust right, wearing necklace / BAΣIΛΣΣHΣ BEPENIKHΣ, filleted cornucopia. CPE 896; Svoronos 1114; van Driessche dies D1/R7, b = Hunt I 109 (this coin); SNG Copenhagen –; SNG Lockett 3420 (same obv. die); BMC 2 (same obv. die); Friedlaender & Von Sallet 522; Jameson 1820 (same obv. die); Pozzi 3237 (same obv. die). Good VF, old collection tone, minor deposit at edge, small pit on cheek and a few scratches on the reverse. Very rare, one of ten cited by van Driessche, none in CoinArchives.

From the collection of a Northern California Gentleman. Ex ‘Distinguished American Collection’ (Leu 52, 15 May 1991), lot 56; Nelson Bunker Hunt Collection (Part I, Sotheby’s New York, 19 June 1990), lot 109; Leu 28 (5 May 1981), lot 221; Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maya Collection (Bourgey, 18 November 1957), lot 157.