Cleopatra was depicted by the Roman history specialist Cassius Dio as “a woman of surpassing beauty”, and is depicted by Hollywood as a spectacular enchantress. Columnists responded with stun. Cleopatra was no belle of the ball, said the reports. The face on the coin was not at all like Elizabeth Taylor’s. Rather she looked plain, petulant, and had a hook for a nose. There are a lot of coins getting by with Cleopatra’s picture on them, and they for the most part rehash similar highlights that appeared to dumbfound journalists: a noticeable nose, inclining brow, forcefully pointed button and thin lips, and empty looking eye attachments.