Ptolomeic Kingdom Coin in Yellow Gold
Ptolomeic Kingdom, Ptolemy II Philadelphus, 283-246 BC, AR Tetradrachm. Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy right. wearing aegis around neck. Rev: Eagle standing on thunderbolt. Club and monogram to left. Dated reginal year 30 256-255 BC. "PTOLEMAIOS BASSILLEWS" Svoronos 659 SNG Cop 488.
Ptolemy II Philadelphus (Ptolemaîos Philádelphos "Ptolemy, lover of his sister"); 308/9–246 BCE) was the pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt from 283 to 246 BCE. He was the son of Ptolemy I Soter, the Macedonian Greek general of Alexander the Great who founded the Ptolemaic Kingdom after the death of Alexander, and queen Berenice I, originally from Macedon in northern Greece. During Ptolemy II's reign, the material and literary splendour of the Alexandrian court was at its height. He promoted the Museum and Library of Alexandria. He erected a commemorative stele, the Great Mendes Stela. He also led the Ptolemaic Kingdom against the rival Seleucid Empire in the first of a series of Syrian Wars that witnessed periodic territorial changes between the two powers in West Asia.
- Size: 36 mm
- Coin Size: 25mm
- Coin Grams: 13.8
- Metal Type: 18K
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