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

Hellenistic Period
about 180–116 BC

Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2293.


Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 27.82 gm.

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On View

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


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Arsinoe II to right, veiled and wearing crown.
Ram’s horn beneath her ear. Behind her head the tip of her sceptre is visible.
Greek inscription in field at left.
All within beaded border.
Reverse: Double cornucopiae filled with fruits and bound with fillets.
Greek inscription around.


By 1934: with Ars Classica S.A. (Naville & Cie), 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (auction 17 [collections of Sir Arthur J. Evans, et al.], Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, October 3ff., 1934); purchased at Ars Classica auction 17 by Spink & Son Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King St., St. James's, London, S.W. 1, England; October 12, 1934: sold by Spink & Son, Ltd. to a U.S. Private Collector; December 6, 1934: Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Credit Line

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