Ptolemy I or II?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by tartanhill, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. tartanhill

    tartanhill Active Member

    This picture is posted on an on line auction house describing this as a Ptolemy II tetradrachm.


    Because there is a small delta behind Ptolemy's ear and the letter "P" in the left field on the reverse, I would say it is a Ptolemy I. Any comments?

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  3. iamtiberius

    iamtiberius SPQR Supporter

    You are correct. The "Delta Master" engraver, known for placing his Δ behind the ear on most of his dies, had also engraved early dies for Ptolemy II; but the XAP and P monogram combo on your reverse confirms Ptolemy I; as they are not found, in combination, on any Ptolemy II Tets.
    Lovely coin.
    If you're looking for references: Svoronos 265; SNG Copenhagen 73; Meydancikkale 3187
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2018
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