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Ex Hunt Collection

Triton XXII, Lot: 421. Estimate $30000.
Sold for $42000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy IV Philopator. 222-205/4 BC. AV Mnaieion – ‘Oktadrachm’ (26.5mm, 27.78 g, 12h). Alexandreia mint. Struck circa 210-205/4 BC. Diademed and draped bust right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle with closed wing standing right on thunderbolt; monogram to right. CPE 894; Svoronos 1139; van Driessche dies D1/R2, a corr. (not obv. die D1) = Hunt I 512 (this coin); SNG Copenhagen –; Adams III 2109; BMC p. 65, 33 = GPCG pl. 34, 26 = Kraay & Hirmer 806; Hunterian 12; de Luynes 3578. Good VF, some roughness and scrapes. Very rare, only eight examples noted by van Driessche.

From the collection of a Northern California Gentleman. Ex Nelson Bunker Hunt Collection (Part I, Sotheby’s New York, 19 June 1990), lot 512; Numismatic Fine Arts II (25 March 1976), lot 324; Leu 22 (8 May 1979), lot 177 .

This issue was previously thought to have been a posthumous coinage struck under Ptolemy V, but CPE now places it late in the reign of Ptolemy IV.