Arsinoe II, Wife of Ptolemy II Coin
Ptolemaic Kings of Egypt: Arsinoe II, Wife of Ptolemy II, Oktadrachm
Arsinoe II wife of Ptolemy II Philadelphus or Arsinoe III wife of Ptolemy IV Philopator Gold Oktadrachm (struck under Ptolemy VI or VIII, ca. 180-116 B.C.) Obverse: Diademed and draped bust of the Macedonian queen of Egypt Arsinoe right, with lotus-tipped scepter over shoulder, 'k' behind her. Reverse: AP�UINOH�U �XI�NA�GEL�XOY, filleted double cornucopia. Beautiful heavy gold octadrachm with a powerful portrait of the first mortal woman ever to appear on a coinage. Struck on a full large flan in excessive high relief, excellent example of one of the largest gold coins struck during entire Hellenistic Period. Extremely rare ancient gold.