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Sale: CNG 72, Lot: 988. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2006. 
Sold For $3500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PHARONIC KINGS of EGYPT. Nektanebo II. 361-343 BC. Æ 20mm (2.34 g, 12h). Ram running left, head reverted / Scales. Weiser 1; Howgego pl. 9, 192. VF, dark green-brown patina. Extremely rare, the fourth known.

Nekht-her-hebet, or Nektanebo II as he was known to the Greeks, was the nephew of Pharaoh Tachos (Djed-her). Placed in command of the Egyptian army in Syria during the Satrapal Revolt, he turned his troops against his own king and took Egypt by force. In 351-350 BC he repelled a Persian invasion but was driven from his throne in 344-343 BC by a second assault. He fled Egypt, found refuge in Ethiopia, and retained control of Upper Egypt for another few years.