Origin: The story of the Ptolemaic Kingdom features an all-star cast—it was founded by Ptolemy I Soter (a companion of Alexander the Great) in 305 BC and ended with the death of Cleopatra in 30 BC. Though the kingdom was culturally Greek, the Ptolemies took the title of pharaoh and portrayed themselves in Egyptian dress on statues and monuments in order to gain public acceptance.
These coins were struck during the reign of Ptolemy VI (180 - 145 BC), featuring a portrait of the Greek god Zeus on the obverse and a pair of eagles on the reverse. Each coin has been thoroughly inspected for authenticity by an ANA Certified numismatist.
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A carving of Cleopatra VII, both the last ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom and the last Pharaoh of Egypt, and her son Caesarean.
The Ptolemies: The last rulers of ancient Egypt
As many empires did, the Ptolemaic Kingdom began with Alexander the Great.
Egypt had been under Persian rule for a decade, but fell under Alexander's control in 332 BC after he conquered Persia.
But Alexander's empire shattered with his unexpected death in 323 BC, and his lands split into three separate states: Macedonia, the Seleucid Empire, and the Ptolemaic Kingdom.
Ptolemy I, the son of Alexander's general Lagos, was appointed ruler of the new territory. Thirteen rulers followed him, ruling over Egypt over a period of 300 years.
Egypt under Greek control was similar to how it was before on a surface level. The monarchy maintained a facade of embracing Egyptian customs, but at it's core was still very Hellenistic.
The Ptolemaic line finally ended in 30 BC, with the death of the last Pharaoh of Egypt: Cleopatra. The empire then fell under the controls of the Romans.
Your order will include:
- One bronze coin minted under Ptolemy VI of Egypt (180 - 145 BC).
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
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