SEVEN BRONZE COINS OF PTOLEMY III-IV FROM THE TYRE MINT
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Ptolemy III-IV (c. 246-204 BCE)
Obverse: Zeus-Ammon facing right.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS. Eagle standing left on thunderbolt. Club in left field.
Weight: 3.44-10.07 g; Diameter: 16.45-22.5 mm
Condition: Very Good to Extremely Fine
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The eldest son of Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his first wife, Arisone I, Ptolemy III came to power in 246 BCE. The ruler of an established, but young, dynasty, he did well to further the positions of his predecessors both domestically and abroad. He also expand the trade network of Egypt and gained local support by promoting the Egyptian religion cults such as that of the Apis Bull. He married Berenice II, with whom he had six children, most notably Ptolemy IV Philopator. Ptolemy IV, however, did not continue the positive reign of his father but rather allowed his kingdom to be primarily ruled by his favorites. This ineffective reign led to the loss of a large portion of Syria to the Seleucids and uprisings at home. After his death in 204 BCE and the murder of his wife, Arsinoe, his young son Ptolemy V succeeded him to the throne under the control of regents.