Silver Tetradrachm Portraying Antony and Cleopatra

Illustration

Arienne King
by Sailko
published on 14 March 2018

This silver tetradrachm portrays the Ptolemaic queen Cleopatra VII on one side, and the Roman triumvir Mark Antony on the other (1st century BCE). Cleopatra's profile has been made to resemble the features of her husband Mark Antony in the tradition of many Hellenistic coin portraits of couples.

Unlike most coins portraying royal couples, Cleopatra's portrait is not situated behind Antony's. Instead, Antony and Cleopatra are portrayed on opposite sides of the coin with appropriate titles for each. (Altes Museum, Berlin)

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