PTOLEMAIC KINGDOM OF EGYPT
Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon). 145-116 BC.
AR Tetradrachm. 12.83g, 26.4mm
MINTED: EGYPT, Alexandreia mint, dated RY 27 (144/143 BC)
REF: SNG Copenhagen 325
OBVERSE: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis.
REVERSE: BAΣIΛEΩS ΠTOΛEMAIOY, Eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt; L KI (date) to left, PA to right.
Very Fine. Excellent details, but some roughness and scratches on the obverse, probably as a result of attempts to clean off horn silver.
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 . AR Tetradrachm . RY 27
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