Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying King Ptolemy I

A work made of silver.
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Date:

Ptolemaic Period (53–52 BC), issued by King Ptolemy XII Auletes, Reign of Ptolemy XII Auletes (80–51 BC)

Artist:

Greco-Egyptian

About this artwork

The Ptolemaic bloodline was running thin when Ptolemy XII bought his way onto the throne. His bribes, paid to Julius Caesar and other Roman generals, opened Egypt to Rome’s ambitions of empire. He was a weak leader, a drunkard, and no match for his Roman allies. At his death he insisted that his son share the rule with his sister, the legendary Queen Cleopatra VII, but she soon disposed of her brother in order to rule alone.

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Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying King Ptolemy I

Origin

Egypt

Date

53 BC–52 BC

Medium

Silver

Dimensions

Diam. 2.6 cm; 14.06 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.699

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