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

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 180–116 BC


Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 27.82 gm.

Accession Number

34.1404

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 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.

Provenance

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)