Ancient Coinage of Egypt, Ptolemy I


Ptolemy I Soter, General of Alexander III, Ruler of Egypt as Satrap, 323-305 BC, and as King, 305-283 BC

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Svoronos 20Egypt, Ptolemy I as Satrap, AR Attic-standard Tetradrachm. ca 320 BC, Memphis or Cyprus. Head of Alexander the Great right, in horn of Ammon, aegis & elephant skin / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus enthroned left holding eagle on outstretched arm, thunderbolt at left, PY below throne. Zervos 15. TextImage
Svoronos 22Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Memphis, ca 315 BC. Head of deified Alexander right with horn of Ammon, in elephant headdress & aegis / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle on extended right hand & resting left on sceptre, thunderbolt in left field, HΔI monogram under throne. SNG Cop 11. TextImage
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Svoronos 24Egypt, Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Memphis, ca. 316 BC. Head of deified Alexander right with horn of Ammon, in elephant headdress & aegis around neck / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle on right hand & sceptre in left, thunderbolt in left field, OP under throne. Zervos Issue B-VIII. TextImage
Svoronos 33Egypt, Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria, ca 313/12 BC. Head of deified Alexander right with horn of Ammon, in mitra of Dionysus & elephant headdress, aegis around neck / TextImage
Svoronos 33vPtolemy I as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm in the name of Alexander the Great. Alexandria mint, 311-305 BC. Head of Alexander the Great with Elephant skin / Athena advancing right with raised spear & shield, ΔI, helmet & eagle on thunderbolt to right. TextImage
Svoronos 34Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Drachm. Alexandria mint, ca 310-305 BC. Head of Alexander the Great right with horn of Ammon, aegis & elephant skin, Δ at base of aegis / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos advancing right with spear & shield, ΔI & eagle standing to right. TextImage
Svoronos 40Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Head of deified Alexander right with horn of Ammon, in elephant headdress & aegis / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos advancing right brandishing spear & shield, MHd monogram & eagle to right. SNG Cop 25. TextImage
Svoronos 42Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Attic-standard Tetradrachm in the name of Alexander the Great. ca 314-310 BC. Head of Alexander, in elephant headdress; small Δ before elephant’s ear just above scales of aegis / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos walking right, brandishing spear & shield; EY & eagle in right field. SNG Cop 15. TextImage
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Svoronos 43
Sear 7752
Ptolemy I, as satrap 323–304 BC. AR drachm, 3.61 g. Alexandria, ca. 310 BC. Head of deified Alexander right with horn of Ammon, wearing mitra around forehead and elephant headdress terminating in aegis tied round neck / AΛEXANΔ, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, brandishing spear and shield, eagle on thunderbolt above EY in right field. Svoronos 43. TextImage
Svoronos 44
Sear 7748
Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria mint, 311-305 BC. Head of Alexander the Great right, wearing horn of Ammon, aegis and elephant skin, Δ hidden in ornamentation at base of aegis / AΛEΞANΔΡOU, Athena Alkidemos standing right, brandishing spear & shield, AΓ monogram to left, EY & eagle standing on thunderbolt to right. Zervos 13, Svoronos 44.TextImage
Svoronos 44vEgypt, Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria, ca. 309 BC. Head of deified Alexander right with horn of Ammon, in mitra of Dionysus & elephant headdress, aegis around neck / AΛEΞANΔΡEION, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, brandishing spear in right hand & holding shield on left arm, AΓ monogram in inner left field, in right field EY above eagle standing right on thunderbolt. Zervos Issue XV; Jenkins, ANSMN 9, p. 25, pl. iv, 3. TextImage
Svoronos 66Egypt, Ptolemy I AE16 of Cyrene Mint. Laureate head of Apollo right, with long hair / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left, wings open, sylphium plant and shield before. BMC 4. TextImage
Svoronos 74Ptolemy I AE 20mm Hemiobol. Paphos mint. Struck 310-306 BC. Head of Aphrodite right, in ornamented stephane & earring / ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt. TextImage
Svoronos 78
Sear #7755
Ptolemy I AE 21mm. Cyprus mint, struck circa 310-305 BC. Head of Aphrodite right, in stephane / ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; wreath to left. BMC 56, SNG Cop 642, Svoronos 78.TextImage
Svoronos 80Ptolemy I, AE16, 3.4 gr. Cyprus mint. Bust of Aphrodite right, wearing stephane / ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open, wreath in left field. Svoronos 80.TextImage
Svoronos 80cf
Sear #7756
Ptolemy I AE11. Cyprus Mint. Head of Aphrodite right, in tainia ornamented with leaves / ΠTOΛE, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open. BMC 59, Svoronos 80. TextObv-Rev
Svoronos 107Ptolemy I Soter, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria mint, struck in the name of Alexander III of Macedon, circa 310-305 BC. Diademed head of Alexander right, in elephant's skin / Athena Alkidemos advancing right; monogram and eagle to right. SNG Copenhagen 25. TextImage
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Svoronos 108Ptolemy I, as Satrap. 323-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Struck ca 310-305 BC. Head of Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress / Athena Alkidemos walking right, with spear and shield; ΓH and eagle on thunderbolt in right field. Svoronos 108.TextImage
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Svoronos 110Egypt. Ptolemy I (as Satrap). 323-283 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Alexander the Great in elephant skin headdress / AΛEXANΔΡOY, Athena advancing right with shield and spear. SNG Cop 18var. TextImage
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Svoronos 124Ptolemy I Soter AR Tetradrach. Struck ~310-305 BC. Uncertain Cypriot mint, perhaps Kition. Head of Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress / Athena Alkidemos walking right. TextImage
Svoronos 126Ptolemy I Soter AV Stater. Kyrene mint, struck circa 300-298 BC. Diademed bust right, in aegis / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, deified Alexander the Great, holding thunderbolt & sceptre, in elephant quadriga left; two monograms in exergue. TextImage
Svoronos 142Ptolemy I Soter, as Satrap AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria mint, struck in the name of Alexander III of Macedon, circa 310-305 BC. Diademed head of Alexander right, in elephant's skin headdress / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, brandishing spear in right hand, holding shield on left arm; monogram in circle to inner left, ΔI monogram and eagle on thunderbolt right. BMC 24, SNGCop 21. TextImage
Svoronos 146Ptolemy I as Satrap AR Tetradrachm. Struck c310-305 BC. Head of Alexander, in elephant headdress; small AE before elephant’s ear / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos walking right with spear & shield; monogram to left, monograms & eagle in right field. SNG Cop 18. TextImage
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Svoronos 153Ptolemy I Soter, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria mint, struck in the name of Alexander III of Macedon, circa 310-305 BC. Diademed head of Alexander right, in elephant's skin / Athena Alkidemos advancing right; monogram and bee to left, eagle to right. BMC Ptolemies 45. TextImage
Svoronos 162Ptolemy I Soter, as King, AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria mint, struck in the name of Alexander III of Macedon, ca 301 BC. Diademed head of Alexander right, in elephant skin headdress / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, brandishing spear in right hand, holding shield on left arm; helmet, AX monogram & eagle to right. SNG Cop 29. TextImage
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Svoronos 165Egypt,Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. Struck c310-305 BC. Alexander right in elephant skin headdress / Athena Alkidemos walking right with spear & shield; monogram, helmet and eagle in right field. TextImage
Svoronos 168Ptolemy I Soter, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Obverse die signed by the artist Δ. Alexandria mint, struck in the name of Alexander III of Macedon, circa 310-305 BC. Diademed head of Alexander right, in elephant's skin headdress; small Δ to right of elephant's ear / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, brandishing spear in right hand, holding shield on left arm; helmet, monogram, and eagle on thunderbolt to right. BMC 27, SNGCop 19. TextImage
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Svoronos 177Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. ca 310-305 BC. Head of Alexander right, in elephant's skin headdress / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos walking right, with spear & shield; ΘE monogram left, ΔI, helmet & eagle in right field. TextImage
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Svoronos 182
Sear #7759
Ptolemy I AV Triobol. Alexandria, ca. 295–282 BC. Diademed head right, with aegis tied round neck / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle with spread wings standing left on thunderbolt, A in left field. Svoronos 182. TextImage
Svoronos 197Egypt, Ptolemy I Soter, as king, AV Hemidrachm. Alexandria, after ca. 295 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, with aegis around neck / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle with spread wings standing left on thunderbolt, MI monogram in left field. SNG Cop 45. TextImage
Svoronos 204
Sear #7757
Ptolemy I AV Pentadrachm. Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, delta behind ear / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, ΠAM monogram to left. Svoronos 204. TextObv-Rev
Svoronos 200Ptolemy I, AV Triobol, Alexandria mint. 323-283 BC. 11 mm, 1.76 gr. Diademed head of Ptolemy I right / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Eagle standing left, wings spread, M on I monogram in left field. BMC 48; Svoronos 200.TextImage
Svoronos 210Ptolemy I AV Pentadrachm. Struck 305-283 BC. Diademed bust of Ptolemy right, Δ behind ear / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, ΠAΡ monogram to left. TextImage
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Svoronos 238
SG 7765
Ptolemy I, AE20 hemiobol. 323-285 BC, Alexandria mint, 7.40 g. Diademed head of Alexander III right, wearing elephant skin headdress / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left, wings spread. Sear 7765; Svoronos 238; SNG Cop 56.TextImage
Svoronos 248Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. c305-283 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, in aegis; tiny D behind ear / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle on thunderbolt; P & AP monogram to left. SNG Cop 68. TextImage
Svoronos 253Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. Struck circa 305-283 BC. Diademed bust of Ptolemy right, in aegis / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle on thunderbolt; P & MT monogram in left field. TextImage
Svoronos 254Ptolemy I, Soter, 323-283 BC. Alexandria mint, AR tetradrachm, 27mm. 13.96 gr. Diademed head right / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, P over MHA monogram in left field. SNG Cop. 74; Svoronos 254; Klein 779 (this coin).TextImage
Svoronos 255Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria mint. 25mm, 14.25 g. 300-285 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, with aegis at neck, small Δ behind ear / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings closed. Ρ over ΠAΡ monogram in left field. Svoronos 255; Noeske 41-42; SNG Cop 70-71.TextImage
Svoronos 255
Sear #7762
Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria mint. Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, with aegis at neck, small Δ behind ear. / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, P and ΠAΡ in field to left. SNGCop 70-71, Svoronos 255. TextImage
Svoronos 256Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. Diademed head right / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, P and ΦA monogram to left. TextImage
Svoronos 259Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria. Head of Ptolemy right wearing a fillet / eagle standing left on a thunderbolt, P & MI monogram to left. TextImage
Svoronos 263Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. Diademed head right, in aegis; tiny D behind ear / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; P above F in left field. TextImage
Svoronos 265Ptolemy I Soter AR Tetradrachm. 305-285 BC. Obverse die signed by the artist Δ. Alexandria mint. Diademed bust right, in aegis; small D behind ear / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; P above monogram to right. BMC 9, SNGCop 73. TextImage
Svoronos 1001Ptolemy III Euergetes, AR tetradrachm, 247-220 BC. Alexandria mint. 14.3 gr. Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis, all within dotted border / ΠTOΛEMAIOY ΣΩTHΡOΣ to left and right of eagle with closed wings, standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopiae in left field. Svoronos 1001; SNG Cop 167-168; Berlin 28811; BMC 28 (under Ptolemy IV).TextImage
Sear 7748Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria mint, 311-305 BC. Head of Alexander the Great right, wearing horn of Ammon, aegis and elephant skin, Δ hidden in ornamentation at base of aegis / AΛEXANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos standing right, brandishing spear & shield, AΓ monogram to left, EY & eagle standing on thunderbolt to right. Zervos 13, Svoronos 44. TextImage
Sear 7752Ptolemy I, as satrap 323–304 BC. AR drachm, 3.61 g. Alexandria, ca. 310 BC. Head of deified Alexander right with horn of Ammon, wearing mitra around forehead and elephant headdress terminating in aegis tied round neck / AΛEXANΔ, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, brandishing spear and shield, eagle on thunderbolt above EY in right field. Svoronos 43. TextImage
Sear #7755Ptolemy I AE 21mm. Cyprus mint, struck circa 310-305 BC. Head of Aphrodite right, in stephane / ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; wreath to left. BMC 56, SNG Cop 642, Svoronos 78.
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Sear 7756Ptolemy I AE11. Cyprus Mint. Head of Aphrodite right, in tainia ornamented with leaves / ΠTOΛE, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open. BMC 59, Svoronos 80. TextObvRev
Sear 7757Ptolemy I AV Pentadrachm. Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, delta behind ear / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, ΠAM monogram to left. Svoronos 204.
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Sear 7759Ptolemy I AV Triobol. Alexandria, ca. 295–282 BC. Diademed head right, with aegis tied round neck / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle with spread wings standing left on thunderbolt, A in left field. Svoronos 182.
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Sear 7761Ptolemy I Soter of Egypt AR Tetradrachm, signed by the artist Δ. 323-283 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, with aegis at neck, small Δ behind ear / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt.
(6 examples)
Sear 7762Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria mint. Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, with aegis at neck, small Δ behind ear. / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, P / PAP in field to left. SNGCop 70-71, Svoronos 255.
(18 examples)
Sear 7763Ptolemy I AE29. Laureate head of Zeus right / Eagle standing left, on a thunderbolt, wings back, monograms before.
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Sear 7766Ptolemy I AE 1/4 obol. Diademed head of Alexander the Great right, wearing horn of Ammon, hair long / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left, wings open, symbols before.TextObvRev
Sear 7767Ptolemy I or II AE 1/8 Obol. Diademed head of Alexander the Great right, wearing horn of Ammon, hair long / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left, wings open, symbols before.
(2 examples)
Svoronos: Coins of The Ptolemies, text and plates kindly supplied by E. Waddell on the Digital Library of Classical Works
Entry for Egypt, Ptolemy I on the Digital Historia Numorum
Search for Ptolemy I in the British SNG Volumes' Database at the Fitzwilliam Museum

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