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Mnaieion (oktadrachm) of Kingdom of Egypt with bust of Ptolemy III, struck under Ptolemy IV

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Obverse: Bust of Ptolemy III radiate and diademed, wearing aegis and carrying trident combined with sceptre. Reverse: Cornucopia, filleted and radiate. Inscription in Greek.

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, lot 639); 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)

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 221–205 B.C.

Mint

Alexandria, Egypt (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2282.

Dimensions

Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 27.77 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

34.1398

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins