|Greek. Ptolemaic Kings. Ptolemy VI (180-145 BC). Didrachm, 154/3 BC, uncertain mint in Cyprus.|
|Obverse:||Diademed head of Ptolemaios I right wearing an aegis around the neck.|
Eagle standing left with closed wings on thunderbolt, in the left field P, in the right field Θ (PΘ = year 109),[on thunderbolt Є].
|Dimensions:||AR, 7.00 g, 22 mm, 1h.|
SNG Copenhagen 556.
|Condition:||Attractive dark toning, unregular flan, minor die break on the obverse. Almost extremely fine.|
|Comment:||The correct mint and date of this issue is still unclear. Although this coinage is usually assigned to Arados, Lorber argues for a Cypriotic mint, probably Arsinoe near Salamis (Lorber, „The Ptolemaic era coinage revisited,“ NC (2007), 105–17 pp.). Though the era is uncertain, a starting date of 262/1 BC has been accepted by Lorber and most scholars.|