PTOLEMAIOS I SATRAP OF EGYPT

Ancient Coins - PTOLEMAIOS I SATRAP OF EGYPT
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PTOLEMY I SOTER AS SATRAP OF EGYPT. TETRADRACHM OF REDUCED WEIGHT. 15,71 GR.
Head of Alexander the Great facing right, wearing horns of Ammon, clad in elephant,s skin and aegis.
Athena Alkidemos advancing right, brandishing spear and holding shield; 
small eagle on thunderbolt, Corinthian helmet  . In field two monograms.
BMC 32- Svoronos 164. Beautiful portrait in excellent style. nicely toned.  See also Svoronos 169;
SNG COP .30. These tetradrachms, struck shortly after the death of Alexander show lifelike features
of the great King. Their individuality is striking and of great beautiy.
 

The coinage of Ptolemy I is rather complex. He first issued normal issues in the name of Alexander
the Gresat, then changed them by inaugurating a new obverse, showing Alexander wearing an
elephant,s skin headdress in circa 321. In 314 this was changed by replacing the seated Zeus on the
reverse by an archaizing fighting Athena-Athena Alkidemos. These were of Attic weight.
a few years later, circa 310, he embarked on an even greater change by lowering the weight
standard by some 9%. This was done in order to create a closed currency area out of Egypt.
Foreign coins were banned from circulation and any brought by travelers had to be exchanged
on a one for one basis against lower weight local issues, so an instant profit for the crown !

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