Thursday, February 16, 2006
My Top 20: Coin No.4: Ptolemy II 308-346 BC
Known as Philadelphos (the peace lover), sucessor to his father Ptolemy I, he helped make Alexandria the centre of Hellenistic culture. He commissioned the translation of the Hebrew Bible into the Greek Septuagint.
1. Commemorative coin (Head of his father)
2. Married his sister (quite common for royalty ofn the Ptolemaic period)
3. Graded F/F Fine on both Obverse & Reverse (Head & Tails)
4. Origin of the Ptolemies, the dynasty which ended with Cleopatra
5. As every male heir of this dynasty was named Ptolemy much use was made of their nicknames to distinguish one from another.
6. First coins to have portrait of ruler on the obverse side of the coin.