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 right, in horn of Ammon, aegis and 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 and aegis / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle on extended right hand and 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 and aegis around neck / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle on right hand and 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 and elephant headdress, aegis around neck / TextImage
Svoronos 34Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Drachm. Alexandria mint, ca 310-305 BC. Head of Alexander right with horn of Ammon, aegis and elephant skin, Δ at base of aegis / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos walking right with spear and shield, ΔI and eagle standing to right. Svoronos 34; BMC 5; Warren coll. 1321. TextImage
Svoronos 40Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Head of deified Alexander right with horn of Ammon, in elephant headdress and aegis / AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos walking right brandishing spear and shield, MTd monogram and eagle to right. Svoronos 40. TextImage
Svoronos 42Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Attic-standard Tetradrachm in the name of Alexander. 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 and shield; EY and eagle in right field. SNG Cop 15; Vienna 10614; BMC 11-12. TextImage
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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 walking right, brandishing spear and shield, eagle on thunderbolt above EY in right field. Svoronos 43; BMC 16. TextImage
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Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria mint, 311-305 BC. Head of Alexander right, wearing horn of Ammon, aegis and elephant skin, Δ hidden in ornamentation at base of aegis / AΛEΞANΔΡOU, Athena Alkidemos standing right, brandishing spear and shield, AΓ monogram to left, EY and eagle standing on thunderbolt to right. Zervos 13, Svoronos 44; BMC 6; Warren Coll. 1316.TextImage
Svoronos 44 (2)Egypt, Ptolemy I, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria, ca. 309 BC. Head of deified Alexander right with horn of Ammon, in mitra of Dionysus and elephant headdress, aegis around neck / AΛEΞANΔΡEION, Athena Alkidemos walking right, brandishing spear in right hand and holding shield on left arm, AΓ monogram in inner left field, EY and eagle standing right on thunderbolt in right field. Zervos Issue XV; Jenkins, ANSMN 9, p. 25, pl. iv, 3. TextImage
Svoronos 66Egypt, Ptolemy I AE16, 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 and earring / ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt. TextImage
Svoronos 78Ptolemaic Kings Of Egypt. Ptolemy I. 311-283 BC. AE 19 mm hemiobol, 7.69 gm). Paphos, Cyprus mint. Struck ca 310-305 BC. Head of Aphrodite Paphia right, wearing polos decorated with flower heads. / ΠTOΛEMAIOY downwards in right field, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings closed, wreath in left field. Svoronos 78; SNG Cop 642; BMC 56-58; Sear 7755. Weiser 2 var. (with star, not wreath).TextImage
Svoronos 80Ptolemy I, AE15, 4 g. Cyprus mint. Bust of Aphrodite right, wearing stephane / ΠTOΛE upwards in left field, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread, wreath in left field. Svoronos 80; SNG Cop 643; BMC 59; Sear 7756.TextImage
Svoronos 107Ptolemy I Soter, as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria mint, struck in the name of Alexander III of Macedonia, circa 310-305 BC. Diademed head of Alexander right, in elephant's skin headdress / Athena Alkidemos walking right; MΠd monogram and eagle to right. SNG Cop. 25; BMC 49-50. (Note: the form of the monogram varies). 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, wielding spear and holding shield on left arm; ΓH and eagle on thunderbolt in right field. Svoronos 108; Müller 2164; BMC 51.TextImage
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Svoronos 110Egypt. Ptolemy I (as Satrap). 323-283 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Alexander in elephant skin headdress / AΛEXANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos walking right, wielding spear and holding shield on left arm. ΔoΦ monogram and eagle on thunderbolt in right field. Svoronos 110; Montagu coll. 720. TextImage
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Svoronos 111Ptolemy I Soter AV stater, Alexandria, 305-282 BC, struck ca 298-294 BC. Diademed head right, with aegis. / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ above charioteer, holding thunderbolt and reins, driving a quadriga of elephants left. XA monogram below. Svoronos 111; Niggeler 518 (this coin).TextImage
Svoronos 124Ptolemy I Soter AR Tetradrach. Struck ca 310-305 BC. Uncertain Cypriot mint, perhaps Kition. Head of Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress / AΛEXANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos walking right, brandishing spear and holding shield on left arm. AΓ and YΓA monograms and eagle standing right on thunderbolt in right field. Svoronos 124; BMC 43. TextImage
Svoronos 126Ptolemy I Soter AV Stater. Kyrene mint, struck circa 300-298 BC. Diademed bust right, in aegis / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, deified Alexander, holding thunderbolt and sceptre, in elephant quadriga left; two monograms in exergue. TextImage
Svoronos 135Ptolemaic Kings Of Egypt. Ptolemy I Soter 305-282 BC. AE hemiobol. 18 mm, 5.51 g. Alexandria. Struck circa 294-285 BC. Diademed head of Alexander III right, wearing horn of Ammon. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread. Aplustre and TI in left field. Svoronos 135; SNG Cop 42.TextImage
Svoronos 139Ptolemy I Soter as satrap. AR tetradrachm, Alexandria, 323-305 BC, struck ca 310-306 BC. 15.66 g. Head of Alexander right, wearing elephant’s skin headdress. AΛEXANΔΡOY, Athena Promachos walking right, brandishing spear and holding a shield on left arm, ΦH monogram to left, EK monogram to right, eagle standing right on a thunderbolt at foot right. Svoronos 139; BMC 46-48; SNG Cop 23.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 walking right, brandishing spear in right hand, holding shield on left arm; HA monogram in circle in inner left field, 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 and shield; ΠA monogram to left, ΔoΦ and AT monograms and eagle on thunderbolt in right field. Svoronos 146; SNG Cop 18; BMC 19-21. 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 / AΛEXANΔΡOY, Athena Alkidemos walking right; monogram and bee to left, eagle to right. BMC Ptolemies 45. TextImage
Svoronos 154Ptolemy I Soter, AR tetradrachm, Alexandria. 310-305 BC. 28 mm, 15.62 g. Horned and diademed of Alexander right, wearing elephant headdress. / AΛEXANΔΡOY, Athena Promachos walking right, brandishing spear and holding a shield on left arm, ΔoΦ monogram in left field, aphlaston and eagle standing right on thunderbolt in right field. Svoronos 154; BMC 36.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 walking right, brandishing spear in right hand, holding shield on left arm; helmet, AX monogram and eagle to right. SNG Cop 29. TextImage
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Svoronos 163Ptolemaic Kings Of Egypt. Ptolemy I Soter 305-282 BC. AE hemiobol. Alexandria. 17mm, 4.84 g. Struck circa 294-285 BC. Diademed head of Alexander III right, wearing horn of Ammon. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread. XA monogram and helmet in left field. Svoronos 163; SNG Cop 43.TextImage
Svoronos 165Egypt,Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. Struck c310-305 BC. Alexander right in elephant skin headdress / Athena Alkidemos walking right with spear and 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 walking right, brandishing spear in right hand, holding shield on left arm; helmet, ΔΦ monogram, and eagle on thunderbolt to right. BMC 27, SNGCop 19. TextImage
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Svoronos 169Ptolemy I as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm in the name of Alexander. Alexandria mint, 311-305 BC. Head of Alexander with Elephant skin / ALEXANDROY, Athena walking right with raised spear and shield, ΔI, helmet and eagle on thunderbolt to right. Svoronos 169; BMC 26; SNG Cop 30.TextImage
Svoronos 170Ptolemy I as Satrap, AR Tetradrachm in the name of Alexander. Alexandria mint, 311-305 BC. Head of Alexander right wearing elephant skin. / AΛEXANΔΡOY, Athena walking right, brandishing spear and holding shield on left arm. HΡ monogram, helmet and eagle on thunderbolt in right field. Svoronos 170; SNG Cop. 27; BMC 29-31 (one with a countermark); Warren Coll. 1319.TextImage
Svoronos 171Ptolemaic Kings Of Egypt. Ptolemy I Soter 305-282 BC. AE hemiobol. Alexandria. Struck circa 294-285 BC. Diademed head of Alexander III right, wearing horn of Ammon, hair long. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread. KΛ and helmet in left field. Svoronos 171; Sear 7766 var (left field marks); BMC 67-68.TextImage
Svoronos 172Ptolemaic Kings Of Egypt. Ptolemy I Soter 305-282 BC. AE pentachalkon. 18 mm, 5.51 g. Alexandria. Struck circa 294-285 BC. Diademed head of Alexander III right, wearing horn of Ammon. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread. Aplustre and helmet in left field. Svoronos 172; SNG Cop 36; BMC 62.TextImage
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, wielding spear and holding shield on left arm; ΘE monogram left, ΔI, helmet and eagle in right field. TextImage
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Svoronos 182Ptolemaic Kings Of Egypt. Ptolemy I Soter AV Third chryson or hemidrachm, Alexandria mint. ca 305-285 BC. 1.73 g. Diademed head right, with aegis. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, Eagle, standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread. A in left field. Svoronos 182; BMC (Co-regency with Ptolemy II) 80-81; SNG Cop 44; CPE 134; Sear 7759.TextImage
Svoronos 190Ptolemaic Kings Of Egypt. Ptolemy I Soter 305-282 BC. AR Tetradrachm. 28.5mm, 14.80 g. Alexandria or Daphnae mint. Struck circa 300-285 BC. Diademed head right, with aegis, small Δ behind ear. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, Eagle, standing left on thunderbolt, wings closed. AΔ monogram in left field. Svoronos 190; BMC (Co-regency with Ptolemy II) 85; Sear 7761.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 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 204Ptolemaic Kings Of Egypt. Ptolemy I Soter AV pentadrachm. Alexandria mint. ca 305-285 BC. 17.86 g. Diademed head right, with aegis. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, Eagle, standing left on thunderbolt, wings closed. AΠM monogram in left field. Svoronos 204; Sear 7757. (Not in Cop or BMC).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 220Ptolemaic Kings Of Egypt. Ptolemy I Soter 305-282 BC. AE obol. 21 mm, 9.2 g. Alexandria. Struck circa 305-297 BC. Diademed head of Alexander III right, wearing horn of Ammon. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread. ΠY monogram in left field. Svoronos 220; SNG Cop 52.TextImage
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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 and 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 and 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; BMC (Co-regency with Ptolemy II) 59; Sear 7762.TextImage
Svoronos 256Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. Diademed head right / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, Ρ and ΦA monogram in left field. TextImage
Svoronos 259Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. Alexandria. Head of Ptolemy right wearing a fillet / eagle standing left on a thunderbolt, Ρ over MI monogram in left field.TextImage
Svoronos 263Ptolemy I AR Tetradrachm. Diademed head right, in aegis; tiny D behind ear / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; Ρ over Φ 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 285Ptolemaic Kings Of Egypt. Ptolemy I Soter 305-282 BC. AE29 Alexandria. Struck circa 294-285 BC BC. Laureate head of Zeus right. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread. A and ΠΡ monogram in left field. Svoronos 285; Sear 7763.TextImage
Svoronos 293Ptolemy I, AE28. Denomination B. 13.6 g. 305-283 BC. Laureate head of Zeus right. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread. AΓ and HΡ monograms in left field. Svoronos 293; BMC 45; SNG Cop. 85.TextImage
Svoronos 630Ptolemaic Kings Of Egypt. Ptolemy I Soter 305-282 BC. AE hemiobol. 17 mm, 3.73 g. Tyre. Struck after 294 BC. Diademed head of Alexander III right, wearing mitra with horn of Ammon. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread. Club over AΠ monogram in left field. Svoronos 630; Cox, Curium 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
See also: The Ptolemies Bronze Coins Project
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