Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying King Ptolemy II Philadelphos and Queen Arsinoe II

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Date:

After 270 BC, issued by King Ptolemy II, reign of Ptolemy II and Arsinoe II, 285–247 BC

Artist:

Greek

About this artwork

Obverse: Heads of Ptolemy and Arsinoe II, right
Reverse: Head of Ptolemy I and Berenice I, right
Issued by Ptolemy II Philadelphos

The son and daughter of Ptolemy I inherited the crown of Egypt jointly. Following the customs of Egyptian pharaohs, Ptolemy II (r. 285–246 B.C.) and Arsinoe (r. 276–270 B.C.) married and ruled as both siblings and spouses. To celebrate their partnership they commissioned this remarkable coin. On his coins, Ptolemy I presented himself as a Greek, and specifically a Macedonian, king.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Tetradrachm (Coin) Portraying King Ptolemy II Philadelphos and Queen Arsinoe II

Origin

Egypt

Date

285 BC–247 BC

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

Obverse: A°E°ØΩN [of the siblings] Reverse: _ EΩN [of the gods]

Dimensions

Diam. 2.1 cm; 13.85 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1922.4256

Extended information about this artwork

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