Ptolemaeus, circa 85-40 BC
AE21. 6.95g, 20.8mm
MINTED: Chalkis sub Libano mint, Seleukid Era Year 240 (73/2 BC)
REF: HGC 9, 1439; Lindgren 1218; SNG Cop 413
OBVERSE: Laureate head of Zeus (or tetrarch) right.
REVERSE: The Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, standing facing, heads confronted, star above each head, each wearing a petasos and Roman military garb, spear in outer hand, inner hand on his hip, LΜΣ (Seleukid era year 240 = 72/1 BC) downward on right.
Dark green patina.
Chalcis was a Roman client state that was originally established in the Beqaa Valley (in present day Lebanon) around 80 BC. The Tetrarch Ptolemaeus ruled over it between 80-40 BC, before being succeeded by his son, Lysanias, who reigned until 33 BC, when he was executed by the Roman general Mark Antony at the instigation of Cleopatra VII of Egypt, who coveted the territory for herself. The state would continue to exist until AD 92, when it was absorbed into the Roman province of Syria.
COELE-SYRIA, Chalcis . Ptolemaeus, circa 85-40 BC . AE21 . Zeus / Dioscuri
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