PTOLEMY I SOTER KING OF EGYPT

Ancient Coins - PTOLEMY I SOTER KING OF EGYPT
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PTOLEMY I SOTER SILVER TETRADRACHM.  14,28 gm.  Alexandria mint, ca. 284-283 BC.
Diademed head of Ptolemy I to the right, with aegis around neck/ eagle with closed wings
standing left on thunderbolt, in left field  P above IIAP monogram. Svoronos 255.
SNG Copenhagen 70-1. ( same dies).  BMC 59. Boston MFA 2264. Hunt IV-498. Noeske 41-2.
Excellent portrait, lightly toned ( nicely) , extremely fine.
Behind ear DELTA. ( from the so called Delta Artist , a master in composition and detail).
Ptolemy was the first of Alexander,s successors to place his portrait on his coinage.
About 295 he reformed his coinage reducing the weight of the tetradrachm for the second time.
Introducing new denominations on all his precious metal currency.
The standard obverse type was now his diademed portrait with the aegis around his neck.
The aegis was an attribute of Zeus and of Athena, and had been worn by the deified Alexander
on his previous coinage. It was a symbol of the protection of Zeus, Athena, and Alexander.
It was also his personal emblem, an eagle standing on a thunderbolt.

Ptolemy son of Lagus had grown up with Alexander at Pella, his mother was said to have
been related to the royal family. He was a close friend. He joined Alexander on all his expeditions
to Asia and further east ( Bactria). He was one of the secen "Companion bodyguards of Alexander,
one of the most important honours in his gift. He was in fact the only one of the first round of
the Hellenistic kings to die in his bed, and that in his  eighty-fifth year and after securing a peaceful
succession to his throne.

Preis SKU: Ptol1
1,495.00
  • US$ 1,763.35
  • £ 1,336.31
  • AUD 2,336.98
  • CHF 1,748.55
  • CAD 2,250.42

Wechselkurs: 11/17/17

Versand aus: Netherlands

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