FOUR PTOLEMAIC BRONZE COINS BEARING THE IMAGE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
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Ptolemy II (283-246 BCE)
Obverse: Head of Alexander the Great wearing elephant or lion skin, facing right.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS. Eagle on thunderbolt facing left with open wings.
Weight: 7.92-10.78; Diameter: 21.2-23.2 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.
As the successors of Alexander the Great, all the dynasties of the Diadochi sought to put him on their coinage to some degree. This is especially true of the Ptolemies. After Alexander's death he became deified thereby associating those who put him on their coinage with a god as well as a highly successful conqueror.