PTOLEMAIC KINGDOM OF EGYPT
Ptolemy IX to Ptolemy XII, circa 116-51 BC
AE20. 6.66g, 20mm
MINTED: Alexandreia mint, circa 116-51 BC
REF: Svoronos 1426 (Joint reign of Ptolemy VI and VIII); Weiser 143 (Ptolemy V); SNG Copenhagen 311-4 (Joint reign of Ptolemy VI and Ptolemy VIII)
OBVERSE: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right.
REVERSE: BAΣIΛEΩS ΠTOΛEMAIOY, two eagles with their wings closed standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopia to left.
Almost Fine/Good. Slightly rough brown surfaces with patches of green. Remnant of casting sprue at 6 o'clock showing evidence of the flan production process.
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 IX - XII, circa 116-51 BC . AE20 . Two eagles
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