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ID:     731570
Type:     Greek
Issuer:     Ptolemy II, Philadelphos
Date Ruled:     AD 285-246
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Oktadrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     after 265 BC
Weight:     27.45 g
Obverse Legend:     ΑΔΕΛΦΩΝ
Obverse Description:     Conjoined busts of Ptolemy II and ArsinÖe II right; Ptolemy is diademed and draped, ArsinÖe is diademed and veiled; Gallic shield behind their heads
Reverse Legend:     ΘΕΩΝ
Reverse Description:     Conjoined busts of Ptolemy I and Berenike I; Ptolemy is diademed and draped, Berenike is diademed and veiled
Primary Reference:     Svoronos 603
Reference2:     SNG Cop 132
Reference3:     Dewing 2752
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Nice VF, light marks in fields, especially well-centered reverse
Notes:     $6,750 Circa 265/264 BC a spectacular commemorative coinage was introduced, bearing the portraits of Ptolemy I and Berenike, his wife, on one side and Ptolemy II and ArsinÖe II, his wife and sister, on the other side. This coinage is commonly referred to as the 'Theon Adelphon' series, a name derived from the inscription found on the coins. The 'Theon Adelphon' coinage consists of oktadrachms, tetradrachms, didrachms and drachms, much of which was produced by removing earlier gold coinage from circulation and melting it down for striking.