Octadrachm (Coin) Portraying Queen Arsinoe II

A work made of gold.
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Date:

After 270 BC, issued by King Ptolemy II or III

Artist:

Greek; probably minted in Alexandria, Egypt

About this artwork

Obverse: Head of Arsinoe II wearing stephane and veiled to right, tip of Ammon horn visible below ear
Reverse: Double cornucopia full of fruit, bunch of grapes hangs from each side; tied with fringed fillet

Queen Arsinoë II, the daughter of Ptolemy I and the sister-goddess-consort of Ptolemy II, is honored on this coin. Under her veil is revealed the ram horn of the Egyptian god Amun, a mark of pharonic royalty. This coin was issued posthumously.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Greek

Title

Octadrachm (Coin) Portraying Queen Arsinoe II

Origin

Alexandria

Date

270 BC

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

Reverse: ΑΡΣΙΝΟΗΣ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ

Dimensions

Diam. 2.9 cm; 27.76 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4934

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