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Kingdom of Chalcis, north of Judea

Ptolemy or Ptolemaeus ruled the Kingdom of Chalcis north of Judea from 85-40 BC. At one time he controlled Caesarea Paneas. The reverse of the above coin may comemmorate the solar eclipse of 49 BC with the star and crescent. The solar eclipse of 49 BC may have influenced Pompey to declare war against Ptolemy and kill Aristobulus II in Judea. Ptolemy also supported Antigonus II. He was killed by the Parthians in 40 BC. Photo Forum Ancient Coins

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