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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.


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

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

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


Alexandria, Egypt (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

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


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

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The Ancient World


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