An impressive mnaieion or oktadrachm of Arsinoe II
Lot 1121
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Arsinoe II, wife of Ptolemy II, died 270 BC. Mnaieion or Oktadrachm (Gold, 27 mm, 27.53 g, 12 h), Alexandria, 254/3-253/2. Veiled head of Arsinoe II to right, wearing stephane; lotos-tipped scepter in background; to left, Θ. Rev. ΑΡΣΙΝΟΗΣ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ Double cornucopiae bound with fillet and with two grape bunches hanging at sides. CPE 388. SNG Copenhagen 134. Svoronos 460. Well centered and clear. Faint cleaning scratches and edge marks and with a surface repair in the right obverse field, otherwise, good very fine.

From the T. Frisbie Collection, Leu Web Auction 28, 9 December 2023, 1816 and that of Robert O. Ebert, Gemini V, 6 January 2009, 690.

The impressive Ptolemaic Mnaieia took their name from the fact that they were valued at one Mina (or 100 drachms) in silver.
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2500 CHF
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12000 CHF
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Closing time: 13-Jul-24, 21:20:00 CEST
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