Mnaieion (oktadrachm) of Kingdom of Egypt with head of Arsinoe II, struck under Ptolemy II

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 253–246 B.C.


Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2267.

Dimensions

Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 27.72 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

35.143

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

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

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

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.

Provenance

1935, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 4, 1935)

Credit Line

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