Coin; Tetradrachm card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Coin; Tetradrachm

LIV.2008.15.2

Currently not on display

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Silver coin (tetradrachm) of Ptolemy II, Philadelphos, (meaning 'Brother-Loving'). Born in 308 BC, became king of Egypt in 285 BC, and died in 246 BC. The obverse shows a diademed head of Ptolemy, turned to the right, with a dotted border. The reverse shows an eagle with closed wings, turned to the left and standing on thunderbolt. Tyre monogram over club to the left, to the right of the eagle KIX (suggesting Tyre as the mint). There is no obverse inscription, however, the reverse inscription reads: ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣ[ΙΛ]ΕΩΣ