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Ptolemy IV, Philopator; 221-205 BC
Mnaieion or One-Mina Piece (formerly 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: Radiate, diademed Ptolemy III wearing aegis with trident resting on his shoulder. Reverse: Radiate cornucopia bound with royal diadem, regal title around, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΔΙ
Mint: Alexandria
Provenance: Courtesy Harlan J. Berk, LTD

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