Oktadrachm of Kingdom of Egypt with bust of Ptolemy I

Early Hellenistic Period
about 294-285 B.C.

Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 319.


Diameter: 35 mm. Weight: 27.88 gm. Die Axis: 12

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On View

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


The Ancient World



Obverse: Diademed bust of Ptolemy I to right, wearing aegis.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Eagle standing to left on thunderbolt.
Monogram at left and inscription at left and right.
Border of dots.


Said to have been found in 1956, in or near Phacous in the Nile Delta, not far from Zagazig; by 1957: with AG. Leu & Co., Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich and Aldoph Hess AG., Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne (Hess-Leu auction, April 16, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, lot 319); by 1958: with A. H. Baldwin and Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London W.C. 2; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., June 5, 1958, for £ 950/0/0

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour