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

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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]


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)

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 211 B.C.


Alexandria, Egypt (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

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


Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 27.70 gm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins