Mnaieion (oktadrachm) of Kingdom of Egypt with head of Arsinoe II, struck under Ptolemy II
about 253–246 B.C.
Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria
Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2267.
Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 27.72 gm. Die Axis: 12
Medium or Technique
Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)
Obverse: Head of Arsinoe II right with ram’s horn fillet, and stephane in hair, veil over back of head.
Behind head: lotus-topped scepter.
In left field: Greek letter.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Double cornucopiae with fruits; bunch of grapes on each side, and fillets with fringed ends.
Inscription in Greek.
1935, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 4, 1935)
Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)