PTOLEMY ANCIENT GREEK RARE COIN AUTHENTIC & GENUINE

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  • Item Category: Coins & Currency
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 07, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

PTOLEMY #3120

The ancient coin was unearthed in Egypt, crown jewel of the sprawling empire of Alexander the Great. After his death, Alexander's empire was divided among his followers, and his closest friend and top lieutenant, Ptolemy I, took Egypt for himself. Ptolemy reigned from 323-385 BC. His portrait remained on the coins of the empire for nearly 300 years until the defeat of his great-granddaughter 14 times removed, Cleopatra VII, and her consort Mark Anonty at the battle of Actium in 30 BC.

This rare coin was originally sourced by The American Historic Society, then left to me by my late uncle. He paid $300. I'm not a coin expert by any means but researching ancient Greek coins showed that this one is unique by detail.