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

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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; border of dots. Inscription in Greek around. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)

Provenance

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

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 285–246 B.C.

Mint

Kition (Cyprus), Egypt (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

53.117

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins