Ptolemy I King of the Ptolemaic Kingdom from 305 BC to 283/2 BC .
Ptolemaios I - also known as Ptolemy of Lagus - was a Macedonian Greek general under Alexander the Great, one of the three Diadochi who succeeded to his empire.

Ptolemy became ruler of Egypt and founded a dynasty which ruled it for the next three centuries, turning Egypt into a Hellenistic kingdom and Alexandria into a center of Greek culture.

He assimilated some aspects of Egyptian culture, however, assuming the traditional title pharaoh in 305/4 BC. The use of the title of pharaoh was often situational: pharaoh was used for an Egyptian audience, and Basileus for a Greek audience, as exemplified by Egyptian coinage.

Ptolemy I Soter died in winter 283 or spring 282 at the age of 84.
Ptolemy I
Epithet: Soter ("the Saviour")
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An AR Tetradrachm struck 300-285 BC in Alexandria
Obverse: diademed head with Aegis right Δ (behind ear)

Reverse: eagle standing left on thunderbolt; ΠTOΛEMAIOY_ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ, P / (ΠAP)

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 12.7 g
No notes for this coin
Svoronos 255; SNG Cop 70 - 71; Noeske 41 - 42 (284/3 B.C.); SNG Milan 8; Hazzard C1021; BMC Ptolemies p. 20, 59; Hosking -; Malter -,
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An AR Tetradrachm struck c. 305-283 BC in Alexandria
Obverse: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis around neck, tiny Δ behind ear

Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, P above monogram to left

Diameter: 25 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 14.38 g
No notes for this coin
Svoronos 255; SNG Copenhagen 70