Gold Coin From 3rd Century B.C. Discovered In Egypt
(Kitco News) - Egyptian archeologist discovered a gold coin from the 3rd century B.C. depicting King Ptolemy III, who ruled Egypt from 246 B.C. to 222 B.C. and was an ancestor of Cleopatra.
The find is grabbing the attention of gold coin buffs.
The historic one-ounce gold coin was found amid the remains of an unearthed red brick building from the Greco-Roman period located north of Cairo and east of Alexandria.
The site is believed to be the remnants of a Roman bath.
Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said the coin was made sometime during the reign of King Ptolemy IV — 221 B.C. to 205 B.C — in memory of his father.
Egyptian archaeologists said Wednesday they have found a gold coin depicting King Ptolemy III, who ruled Egypt in the 3rd century B.C., in the Sa El-Hagar archaeological site in Gharbia province. https://t.co/RX3gbzxEa1 #gold #coin #egypt pic.twitter.com/nBA75hN5lK— Talking Pyramids (@Bennu) May 26, 2018
One side of the coin shows the profile of King Ptolemy III wearing a crown and the other side depicts a symbol of prosperity in the shape of cornucopia surrounded by the King’s name.
Egyptian archaeologists have excavated walls dating from the Greco-Roman period, at Sa El-Hagar in Gharbia province, north of Cairo, Egypt. Also uncovered at the site was a gold coin depicting King Ptolemy III.https://t.co/nz6fjqAObL pic.twitter.com/elEVtvGeAJ— American Research Center in Egypt (@ARCENational) May 28, 2018
Other items discovered at the site were bronze tools, a ram statue, pottery, and terracotta statues.
Archeologists have plans to continue their excavation work to find out more about the building located in Gharbia province.