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Kyrene, Cyrenaica (Ptolemy III Euergetes)


[B]Kyrene, Cyrenaica (Ptolemy III Euergetes Reign; 246-222 BC.) AE 23[/B] [u]Obv[/u]: Diademed bust of Ptolemy I wearing aegis, facing right. [u]Rev[/u]: Draped bust of Libya, facing right; cornucopia below chin; silphium plant under neck; PTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ legend surrounding & within dotted circular border. [u]Attribution[/u]: Buttrey [Cyrene Final Reports (Vol. VI)], Soter/Libya Group III-Module B 227 (same dies); BMC cxlv, 41a var.; Svoronos 865 [u]Provenance[/u]: ex. eCNG 178 (#63), 12.13.07; ex. Gregory Conlin Collection. [u]Weight[/u]: 8.21 gm. [u]Maximal Diameter[/u]: 23 mm [u]Axis[/u]: 12 [u]Note[/u]: Rare die during Ptolemy III Euergetes reign featuring a silphium plant below Libya on the coin's reverse. Recently misattributed by CNG to Ptolemy V Epiphanes as a unique die variant. GK272

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