|Description : Ancient Greek Oriental Ptolemiac Egypt Silver Tetradrachm Ptolemy V Ptolemy V||Ptolemaic Kingdom. Ptolemy V Epiphanes AR Tetradrachm. Sidon, circa 202-200 BC. Diademed, draped bust of the deified Ptolemy IV Philopator right / PTOLEMAIOU FILOPATOROS, eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt, SI between legs. Svoronos -; McClean -; BMC -; Jameson -; Mørkholm XIII, pl 24, 10 var. (no control mark); cf. Spink Auction 9008, March 2009, lot 426 (same obverse die, incorrectly described as same dies as SNG Cop. 529; but from Phoenician mint and with BASILEWS reverse legend). 14.23g, 26mm, 1h.
Extremely Rare, possibly unpublished. Fleur De Coin.
Extremely Rare. A rare variant of an extremely rare type, with a legend proper to Ptolemy IV. Mørkholm (Otto Mørkholm - Portrait Coinage of Ptolemy V in Essays Thompson) notes that this die was used at Sidon for striking the series with the Philopatoros legend before being transferred to the military mint in Phoenicia, where the die appears to have used for a period (see the Spink example) and then recut.