Shown are three coins all with Zeus obverses and
two-eagle reverses. The control marks and cornucopia symbols
indicate a close chronological association of these coins [click on the coins for further details]. The first
coin is very unusual in having an obverse legend naming Queen Cleopatra (i.e., ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ ΚΛΕΟΠΑΤΡΑΣ).
[Also click on the coin for an enlargement.]
From the Corinth hoard, coin I has been assigned to Cleopatra I (180-176 BC) as regent for her young son Ptolemy VI; coins III, and therefore II, are somewhat later and are assigned to the first Cleopatra's son and daughter, i.e., Ptolemy VI with Cleopatra II (176-164 BC). Coins of type III (designated as Sv1424 from Svoronos' catalog) are a major component of the Coinex hoard, making up some 38% (63 examples), and they will be important in helping assign other coins in the hoard.
As illustrated above, if the date of one coin is known, the dates of similar coins can be determined by the presence of related symbols and control marks. For completely different coins in a hoard, as shown on the next page, their physical presence by being buried together can also give chronological information.