PTOLEMAIC KINGDOM OF EGYPT
Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon), 145-116 BC
AE30. 22.0g, 30.3mm
MINTED: EGYPT, Alexandreia mint, Series 7
REF: Svoronos 1424B (Joint reign of Ptolemy VI and VIII); SNG Copenhagen 308-310 (Joint reign of Ptolemy VI and Ptolemy VIII); Lorber & Faucher Series 7C
OBVERSE: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right
REVERSE: BAΣIΛEΩS ΠTOΛEMAIOY, two eagles with their wings closed standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopia to left.
Very Fine. Dark brown and green patina, tan at the high points. A large, bold coin with an especially nice head of Zeus-Ammon.
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 VIII (Physcon), 145-116 BC . AE 30 . Large and bold
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