PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Arsinoe II, wife of Ptolemy II, died 270 BC. Mnaieion or Oktadrachm (Gold, 29 mm, 27.78 g, 11 h), Alexandria, struck under Ptolemy II, circa 252/1-250/49. Veiled head of Arsinoe II to right, wearing stephane; lotos-tipped scepter in background; to left, Μ. Rev. ΑΡΣΙΝΟΗΣ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ Double cornucopiae bound with fillet and with two grape bunches hanging at sides. CPE 391. Svoronos 476. Light scratches and somewhat polished, otherwise, very fine.
From a European collection, formed before 2005.
The impressive Ptolemaic Mnaieia took their name from the fact that they were valued at one Mina (or 100 drachms) in silver.