Oktadrachm of Kingdom of Egypt with head of Arsinoe II, struck under Ptolemy II

Greek
Hellenistic Period
285–246 B.C.


Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Kition (Cyprus)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 321.

Dimensions

Diameter: 28.5 mm. Weight: 27.76 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

53.117

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Head of Arsinoe to right, wearing diadem and veil.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Double cornucopiae with fringed fillets filled with fruits.
Below on right, K, topped by horizontal thunderbolt.
Inscription in Greek.
Border of dots.

Provenance

By date unknown: R. Jameson Collection (Monnaies Grecques, 1913, no. 1815: from the Harlan P. Smith sale, no. 352); by 1953: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen auction 11, January 23-24, 1953, lot 86: from the Harlan P. Smith sale, 1905, no. 354); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., February 12, 1953, for $ 420.75

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour