PTOLEMAIC KINGDOM OF EGYPT
Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246-222 BC
AE40 (Tetrobol). 43.17g, 39.5mm
MINTED: EGYPT, Alexandria mint, 246-222 BC
REF: Svoronos 974; SNG Cop 227
OBVERSE: Head of Zeus-Ammon right.
REVERSE: BAΣIΛEΩS ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopiae over shoulder, monogram (E) between legs.
Very Fine. Brown patina with patches of red.
An impressive Ptolemaic bronze, weighing over 40g and nearly 40mm in diameter.
The Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt was founded by Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian noble who was one of Alexander the Great's most trusted companions. Given the satrapy of Egypt after the death of Alexander in 323 BC, Ptolemy eventually declared himself Pharoah in 305 BC, establishing a Greek dynasty that would rule over the ancient kingdom for 275 years, until the death in 30 BC of Cleopatra VII, the last of the Ptolemaic rulers of Egypt.
PTOLEMAIC KINGDOM . Ptolemy III, 246-222 BC . AE Tetrobol . HUGE, Almost 40mm!
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