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Two Eagles on Ptolemaic Coins as Representations of Co-Regency

Hoard data from the time of Ptolemies II, III, IV


The two coins illustrated below have a very prominent difference in their reverse types;  one shows two eagles, the other shows one eagle.  About eleven percent of reverse types on Ptolemaic coins show two eagles.Data from Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum. The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish Royal Museum, (Copenhagen, 1977)  Examples of two-eagle coinage occur beginning in the time of Ptolemy II (285-246 BC),  and the two-eagle type was produced in considerable volume even to the end of the dynasty with Cleopatra VII (30 BC). Three examples of two-eagle coins




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