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Offline Overlord

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Ptolemaic Kings of Egypt: Ptolemy I Soter, AR Tetradrachm Struck under Ptolemy II, Alexandria mint, c. 285-246 BC, Svoronos 567, SNG Copenhagen 107, BMC p. 25, 7-8 (14.1 g, 28 mm)

My first Ptolemaic coin. Despite the graffiti on the reverse, I am happy with it. I was able to find the attribution online. The coin depicts Ptolemy I, the companion and historian of Alexander the Great.

Obverse: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right
Reverse: Eagle standing on thunderbolt, Galatian shield and monogram in left field, ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ.

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Beautifull tetradrachm ! Like the early Seleukid tetradrachms, the tetradrachms from the early part of the Ptolemeic dynasty still express a classical Greek style with high relief portraits. Love it !

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What they said.

Among the diadochi, Seleucus was probably smarter and certainly more tenacious than Ptolemy, but The difference wasn't that big. Someone who has the capacity to sit out that power struggle, mostly supporting the weakest guys and remaining on the sidelines has my sympathy.

Peter
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