Egypt Ptolemy II Philadelphos AE29 Diobol 274-261 BC Zeus /Eagle

Ancient Coins - Egypt Ptolemy II Philadelphos AE29 Diobol 274-261 BC Zeus /Eagle
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Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C.
 
GP93009. Bronze diobol, Lorber CPE 174; Svoronos 576 (23 spec.); Weiser 10; Noeske 60; BMC Ptolemies p. 25, 15; SNG Milan 61; Weber 8248, Cox Curium 62; SNG Blackburn 1160, aVF, well centered, black patina, spots of corrosion, some patina chipping, 14.323g, 28.6mm, 0o, Alexandria mint, diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King Ptolemy), eagle with open wings standing left on thunderbolt, ΣΩ monogram over shield in left field, o between eagle's legs; from Jimi Berlin
 
Ptolemy II encouraged education, commerce, industry, immigration and trade resulting in a prosperous growing economy and making him the richest monarch of his age. His 112 ships comprised the most powerful fleet that had ever existed. His splendid court compares with the Versailles of Louis XIV. An enthusiast for Hellenic culture, he also adopted Egyptian religious concepts bolstering his image as a pharaoh. At the Library at Alexandria, Jewish texts were translated and transcribed by seventy Jewish scholars, creating the Septuagint, the oldest Greek version of the Hebrew Bible. He defeated the Seleucids in the first Syrian War, gaining control of western Cilicia, southern Lycia, Caunus, Halicarnassus, Myndus, Cnidus, probably Miletus, all of Phoenicia, and even part of Syria.
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