Monday, 2 July 2018

Cleopatra Coins

Plutarch (Antony 27.2) comments that Cleopatra was not overly beautiful, but that the charm of her presence was irresistible. Nusmismatic evidence bears out Plutarch's testimony. On coins Cleopatra is portrayed in a realistic manner with a large, decisive nose and prominent forehead. The coins of Cleopatra also document her aspirations and the history of her reign (51-30 BC).
During the civil war between Caesar and the Roman Senate (49BC) Cleopatra allied herself with Caesar, famously rolling herself up in a carpet. Caesar made Cleopatra Queen of Egypt in 48 BC. Cleopatra minted coins at Alexandria with her portrait on them. Cleopatra was the last of the Egyptian Pharaohs.