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Mnaieion (oktadrachm) of Kingdom of Egypt with head of Arsinoe II, struck under Ptolemy VI

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Obverse: Head of Arsinoe II veiled, wearing crown. Ram's horn beneath her ear. Behind her head the tip of her sceptre is visible. In field, left, [inscription] All within beaded border. Reverse: Double cornucopiae filled with fruits and bound with fillets. [inscription]

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); 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 180–116 BC

Mint

Alexandria, Egypt (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2293.

Dimensions

Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 27.82 gm.

Accession Number

34.1404

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins