LARGE BRONZE COIN 285BCE

21 Jun 2012

art bronze coin2 300x178 LARGE BRONZE COIN 285BCE LARGE BRONZE COIN (32MM.)
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, PTOLEMY II, 285-246 BCE., GAZA
$575

Description : Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus;
Reverse: Eagle standing on a thunderbolt of Zeus. The largest coins ever to circulate in Eretz Yisrael.
VERY FINE

Under the Ptolemies, Egypt minted some extremely thick and heavy bronze coins, such as this ezample. Instead of placing the metal blank for the coin between dies and then striking the top die with a hammer, these monsters were produced using a screw press which brought down thousands of pounds of pressure on the metal. The Ptolemies ruled Egypt for 275 years until the suicide ot Cleopatra VII (the Cleopatra) and the last of the Ptolemies.

Price : $575

Leave a Comment!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>