Mnaieion (oktadrachm) of Kingdom of Egypt with head of Arsinoe II, struck under Ptolemy VI
about 180–116 BC
Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria
Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2293.
Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 27.82 gm.
Medium or Technique
Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)
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
Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)