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Mnaieion -- Octadrachm (100 Mina Coin) of Ptolemy II

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
MEDIUM Gold
  • Place Made: Alexandria, Egypt
  • DATES 283-246 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Roman Imperial Period
    DIMENSIONS 1/4 x Diam. 1 in. (0.6 x 2.5 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2011.47
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund and Designated Purchase Fund
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    CAPTION Mnaieion -- Octadrachm (100 Mina Coin) of Ptolemy II, 283-246 B.C.E. Gold, 1/4 x Diam. 1 in. (0.6 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund and Designated Purchase Fund, 2011.47. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2011.47_wwg8_2013.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, CUR.2011.47_wwg8_2013.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This gold, mnaieion -- octadrachm (27mm, 27.75g) was minted in Alexandria between 265 and 246 B.C.E. On the obverse is the inscription T?O? (god) and conjoined busts of Ptolemy I Soter, (reigned 305-284 B.C.E.) diademed and wearing an aegis on the right, and Berenike I, his queen, diademed and veiled, with a Gallic shield to the left. On the reverse is the inscription A???FO? (shortened form of Philadelphon, “brother lover”) and conjoined busts of Ptolemy II Philadelphius on the right, diademed and draped, and Arsinoe II, his queen, diademed and veiled, shield to the left. From the Norman Davis Collection, published 1969. Condition: Near Extra Fine, small scratch in obverse field.
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     <em>Mnaieion -- Octadrachm (100 Mina Coin) of Ptolemy II</em>, 283-246 B.C.E. Gold, 1/4 x Diam. 1 in. (0.6 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund and Designated Purchase Fund, 2011.47. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2011.47_wwg8_2013.jpg)