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ID:     803240
Type:     Greek
Issuer:     Ptolemy Keraunos
Date Ruled:     281-279 BC
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE11
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     281-279 BC
Diameter:     11 mm
Weight:     1.69 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Description:     Diademed and draped bust of ArsinÖe II right
Reverse Legend:     ΒΑΣΙΛ ΠΤ[Ο]
Reverse Description:     Eagle standing left
Primary Reference:     Arslan & Ozen 29-55 (OD6/RD9)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF, brown patina
Notes:     Very rare. Ptolemy Keraunos, the eldest son of Ptolemy I, was originally chosen as heir to the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt, but that title eventually fell unto his younger half-brother. Attempting to establish power elsewhere, Keraunos arrived at the court of Lysimachos, king of Thrace, Macedon, and parts of Asia Minor as well as the husband of his half-sister, ArsinÖe II, with whom Keraunos later traveled east seeking the aid of Seleukos. This opportunity was then seized by Seleukos and he later defeated Lysimachos, only to be murdered in turn by Keraunos shortly thereafter. Having married ArsinÖe and forged an alliance with Pyrrhos of Epiros, Keraunos ruled for two years until his death fighting against the Gauls.