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Didrachm of Kingdom of Egypt with bust of Ptolemy IV (?) as Dionysos, struck under Ptolemy XI

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Obverse: Bust of Ptolemy IV? as Dionysos right wearing ivy-wreath and nebris; thyrsos behind shoulder. Reverse: Eagle, wings spread, stands left on thunderbolt. In field left, pilos. Inscription in Greek.

Provenance

By date unknown: Ferdinand Bompois Collection; 1882: auction of the Bompois Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, Rue Drouot 5, Paris, January 16-21, 1882, lot 2041; by date unknown: Sir Hermann Weber Collection; 1918: purchased from H. Weber's estate by Spink & Son Limited, 17 & 18 Piccadilly, London, W 1 (L. Forrer, The Weber Collection, vol. 3, pt. 2, no. 8288); by date unknown: Richard Cartwright Collection; by 1935: with Münzhandlung Basel, Aeschenvorstadt 37, Basel, Switzerland (auction of the Richard Cartwright Collection, October 1, 1935, lot 1118); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG Lockett, 1938, no. 3459); by 1961: with Glendining & Co., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the Lockett Collection, part 12, February 21-23, 1961, lot 2837); by 1964: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., June 8, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 114–88 B.C.

Mint

Uncertain (Cyprus) (?), Egypt (Kingdom)

Dimensions

Diameter: 21.5 mm. Weight: 6.61 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

64.972

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins