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

Hellenistic Period
211 B.C.

Mint: Egypt (Kingdom), Alexandria

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2285.


Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 27.70 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


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, lot 641); purchased at Ars Classica auction 17 by Spink & Son Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King St., St. James's, London, S.W. 1, England; sold by Spink & Son, Ltd. to a U.S. Private Collector, October 12, 1934; anonymous gift to MFA, December 6, 1934

Credit Line

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