Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, Ptolemaic Queen from 51-30 BC, period of co-rulership with Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator, Silver Tetradrachm (14.41g, Ptolemaic Standard), dated Regnal Year One or 51/50 BC, struck at Alexandria. Obverse: Diademed Head of Ptolemy I facing right wearing aegis. Reverse: Eagle stands facing left atop thunderbolt, palm frond extends behind its shoulder to upper right, the Head-dress of Isis sits to the bottom left, “ΠA” right, Regnal Year “LA” left, legend around, “BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY” (Basileus Ptolemaîos). As Sear-7951. Very Fine or better.
The later types of Ptolemaic Egypt tended to be stylistically similar, all featuring the Diademed Head of their founding ancestor Ptolemy I Soter on the obverse and his name, BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, on the reverse. The feature of this tetradrachm that attributes it to Cleopatra VII is the palm frond that extends past the eagle’s shoulder – this began on the Tetradrachms of her predecessor, Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos, in his second reign, which would have been dated Regnal Years 26-30. As this coin features design element and is dated Regnal Year 1, it can only be attributed to Cleopatra VII.