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Oktadrachm of Kingdom of Egypt with bust of Ptolemy I, struck under Ptolemy V

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Obverse: Filleted bust right, of Ptolemy I, wearing aegis. Reverse: Eagle on thunderbolt left. Star at left. Inscription in Greek around. (see media screen for Greek inscription)


By 1966: with Bank Leu AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, 8022 Zurich, Switzerland and Adolph Hess AG, Haldenstrasse 5, 6000 Lucerne, Switzerland (Leu-Hess auction 31, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, December 6-7, 1966, lot 569 [as ex auction Schlessinger 1935 Ermitage, 1587]); by 1967: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., March 8, 1967

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 204–180 B.C.


Alexandria, Egypt (Kingdom)


Diameter: 33.5 mm. Weight: 28.30 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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