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Ptolemy IV Philopater. 222–205 BC
Mnaieion or One-Mina Piece (formely Octadrachm)
Around the time of the Fourth Syrian War, Ptolemy IV had these gold coins struck in memory of his father, to commemorate the great victories over the Seleucids in the Third Syrian War. Previous to the battle in order to promote victory, the Queen, Arsinoe III, promised two gold minae for each soldier if the Ptolemaic army was successful. Following the victory, as recorded in the Raphia Decree, one-mina coins of this type were undoubtedly given. Obverse deified Ptolemy III wearing a radiate diadem and an aegis. A trident with lotus bud on middle prong is slung over his shoulder. Reverse radiate cornucopiae bound with a royal diadem. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ.
Mint: Alexandria
Provenance: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC

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