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Dekadrachm of Kingdom of Egypt with bust of Berenike II, struck under Ptolemy III

about 234–221 B.C.


Dimensions

Diameter: 35 mm. Weight: 42.73 gm.

Accession Number

35.122

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery of Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics , Coins

Obverse: Bust of Berenike II right, wearing necklace and veil over back of head.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Cornucopia filled with fruits, bound with fillet with fringed ends, between two six-pointed stars.
In field between cornucopia and fillet ends: E
Inscription around.
Border of dots.

Provenance

By 1925: with Naville & Cie, 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland, auction 10, Hôtel Schwiezerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 15-18, 1925, lot 1625; by 1928 with Ars Classica, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc 31, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica [Naville] auction 13, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 27-29, 1928, lot 947); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; April 4, 1935: Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)