Tetradrachm of Ptolemy I

Minted by Ptolemy I, Unknown305 - 284 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Obverse: Head of Ptolemy I to the right, wearing a diadem and an aegis. There is a small incuse circle in front of Ptolemy's chin containing a letter or symbol, as well as significant scratches on the top surface in front of the face. Reverse: Eagle to the left, holding a thunderbolt in its talons. Inscribed: PTOLEMAI[OY] BASILEOS, with two symbols, P, and a mint monogram.

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  • Title: Tetradrachm of Ptolemy I
  • Creator: Minted by Ptolemy I, Unknown
  • Date: 305 - 284 B.C.
  • Location Created: Paphos, Cyprus
  • Physical Dimensions: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Silver
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Gift of Chester B. Franz
  • Object Type: Coin
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 80.NH.2.36
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 212, Coins, Gems and Jewelry
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Ptolemaic)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Chester B. Franz
  • Classification: Coins