Didrachm of Kingdom of Egypt with bust of Ptolemy IV (?) as Dionysos, struck under Ptolemy XI

Hellenistic Period
114–88 B.C.

Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Uncertain (Cyprus) (?)


Diameter: 21.5 mm. Weight: 6.61 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Bust of Ptolemy IV? as Dionysos right wearing ivy-wreath and nebris; thyrsos behind shoulder.
Reverse: Eagle, wings spread, stands left on thunderbolt. In field left, pilos.
Inscription in Greek.
Circle of dots.


By date unknown: Ferdinand Bompois Collection; 1882: auction of the Bompois Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, Rue Drouot 5, Paris, January 16-21, 1882, lot 2041; by date unknown: Sir Hermann Weber Collection; 1918: purchased from H. Weber's estate by Spink & Son Limited, 17 & 18 Piccadilly, London, W 1 (L. Forrer, The Weber Collection, vol. 3, pt. 2, no. 8288); by date unknown: Richard Cartwright Collection; by 1935: with Münzhandlung Basel, Aeschenvorstadt 37, Basel, Switzerland (auction of the Richard Cartwright Collection, October 1, 1935, lot 1118); by date unknown: R. Cyril Lockett Collection (SNG Lockett, 1938, no. 3459); by 1961: with Glendining & Co., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (auction of the Lockett Collection, part 12, February 21-23, 1961, lot 2837); by 1964: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., June 8, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour