Obverse: Diademed and draped bust Ptolemy V.
Reverse: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing
left on thunderbolt.
Ptolemy V was the son of Ptolemy IV and Arsinoe
III. He was only five when his father died and
during his minority incompetent ministers lost
much of Egypt's overseas empire. The king was
crowned at Memphis in 197 BC, the same year
that the Rosetta stone was inscribed. In 193 BC
Ptolemy married Cleopatra I and died thirteen
years later at the age of twenty-nine.