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Ptolemy VI Philometor, 180-145 BC
Mnaieion or One-Mina Piece (formely Octadrachm)
Ptolemy Philometor was the Ptolemaic King of Egypt from 180 -145 BC, during the dominance of the Roman Senate. In 164 he was driven out of Egypt by his brother and went to Rome to seek support, which he received from Cato. He was restored the following year by the intervention of the Alexandrians and ruled uneasily, cruelly suppressing frequent rebellions. Obverse deified diademned Arsinoe II wearing the ram's horn of Zeus Ammon (the tip of which is visible beneath the earlobe), a stephane, and a veil. Behind her is a lotus-tipped scepter. The inscription K is in the left field. Reverse double cornucopia bound with a fillet surrounded by a dotted border. ΑΡΣΙΝΟΗΣ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ.
Mint: Alexandria
Provenance: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC

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