SIX BRONZE COINS OF PTOLEMY I-II
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Ptolemy I-II (c. 323-246 BCE)
Obverse: Laureate bust of Zeus or Herakles wearing lion skin
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS. 1 or 2 eagles on thunderbolt. Various controls, monograms and countermarks.
Weight: 6.03-74.34 g; Diameter: 18.7-39.2 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. His second wife, Berenice, a Macedonian noblewoman would come to bear him three children that we know of, the most notable being his heir and co-regent, Ptolemy II. Ptolemy II also married a Macedonian noblewoman named Arsinoe I who would become the mother of Ptolemy III and thus continue the dynasty. Ultimately, the Ptolemaic dynasty would come to be one of the most fundamental in the Hellenistic period and would flourish until the fall to Rome in the late 1st Century BCE.