FIVE DIOBOLS OF THE PTOLEMAIC DYNASTY
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Ptolemy III-IV (c. 246-204 BCE)
Obverse: Laureate bust of Zeus.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS. Eagle standing right on thunderbolt. Various controls and monograms.
Weight: 20.05-23.64 g; Diameter: 29.1-30.3 mm
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Following the death of Alexander the Great, his empire was divided among his three generals with Ptolemy I Soter ultimately claiming Egypt for himself and his successors. This dynasty would be one of the most fundamental to the Hellenistic period and would flourish until the fall to Rome in the late 1st Century BCE. Ptolemy III was the third king of the dynasty and was the son of Ptolemy II and his wife Arsinoe I. The rule of the dynasty was then passed down to his son, Ptolemy IV who ruled until 204 BCE.