Gold Tetradrachm - Ptolemaic Egypt, c. 285-246 BC.
Ruler: Ptolemy II.
Obv: Jugate busts right of Ptolemy II & Queen Arsinoe II.
Rev: Jugate busts right of Ptolemy I & Queen Bernice I.
Superior coin: mint state, well-centered, fine style and strike!
(20mm, 13.94 gm)
Provnance: SNG COP-133, ex Gemini I lot 249 (2005) and Cdr. Hinkle collection.
Ptolemy II Philadelphus (309–246 BC) was the king of Ptolemaic Egypt from 283 BC to 246 BC. He was the son of the founder of the Ptolemaic kingdom Ptolemy I Soter and Berenice, and was educated by Philitas of Cos.
He had two half-brothers, Ptolemy Keraunos and Meleager, who both became kings of Macedonia (in 281 BC and 279 BC respectively), and who both died in the Gallic invasion of 280–279 BC. Ptolemy was first married to Arsinoë I, daughter of Lysimachus, who was the mother of his legitimate children; after her repudiation he married his full sister Arsinoë II, the widow of Lysimachus.