Barakat Gallery
Login | Register | User Services | Search | Newsletter Sign-up
Barakat Gallery
HOME : Greek Coins : Ptolemaic Coins : Silver Coin Minted Under Ptolemy III Euergetes
Click to view original image.
Silver Coin Minted Under Ptolemy III Euergetes - C.4000
Origin: Egypt
Circa: 246 BC to 221 BC
Dimensions: 1,750" (-1066858.4cm) high    50Grams
Collection: Greek Coins
Medium: Silver

Location: United States
Currency Converter
Place On Hold
Ask a Question
Email to a Friend
Previous Item
Next Item
Photo Gallery
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Obverse, veiled and diademed bust of Berenike II, wife of Ptolemy III, in right profile, hair shown in striations; pellet border, surrounding; reverse, ????????S ??S??SS?S either side of cornucopia bound with fillet between caps of Dioskouroi. Ptolemy III Euergetes (Benefactor) came to the throne of Egypt in 246 BC. An energetic ruler, he carried the Ptolemaic kingdom to its apogee as an international power. Extensive military campaigns kept him away from Egypt and it is likely this issue, minted in the name of his wife Berenike II, belongs to the period he was on campaign in Seleukid territory, 246-241 BC. Coin portraits of queens were common in Hellenistic Egypt, where women had higher status than elsewhere in the ancient world. Berenike is depicted with the royal diadem and a veil. The fruit-filled cornucopia is a symbol of abundance and prosperity often depicted on the coins of agricultural Egypt. It has been suggested that the Dioscuri caps could refer to the famous apotheosis of “the lock of Berenike,” a lock of hair sacrificed by the queen to ensure the safe return of her husband from the Syrian wars, which supposedly was taken to heaven by the Dioscuri and became the constellation Coma Berenikes. A rare and impressive coin that has been subject to much discussion in recent years. Please see ‘The Journal of the Society for Ancient Numismatics (SAN XX, No. 1)’ by David Vagi & ‘Ptolemaic Coins: An Introduction For Collectors’ by R.A. Hazzard, for more details. - (C.4000)


Home About Us Help Contact Us Services Publications Search
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Security

Copyright (c) 2000-2021 by Barakat, Inc. All Rights Reserved - TEL 310.859.8408 - FAX 310.276.1346

coldfusion hosting