Oktadrachm of Kingdom of Egypt with head of Arsinoe II, struck under Ptolemy II

Hellenistic Period
285–246 B.C.

Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Kition (Cyprus)

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 321.


Diameter: 28.5 mm. Weight: 27.76 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Head of Arsinoe to right, wearing diadem and veil.
Border of dots.
Reverse: Double cornucopiae with fringed fillets filled with fruits.
Below on right, K, topped by horizontal thunderbolt.
Inscription in Greek.
Border of dots.


By date unknown: R. Jameson Collection (Monnaies Grecques, 1913, no. 1815: from the Harlan P. Smith sale, no. 352); by 1953: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen auction 11, January 23-24, 1953, lot 86: from the Harlan P. Smith sale, 1905, no. 354); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., February 12, 1953, for $ 420.75

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour