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Greek Oktadrachm of Arsinoe II

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1964C529
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:270 BC c - 270 BC c


Arsinoe II was the sister, and wife, of Ptolemy II. Ptolemy II was the second king of a Macedonian dynasty that seized control of Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and ruled there for three hundred years. When Arsinoe died in 270 BC her husband/brother declared her a god and issued these magnificent coins in her memory.

Charles Weare Bequest, 1964.

Further Information

Reign:Arsinoe II of Egypt
Production Period:3rd century BC
Place of Origin:Egypt

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Diameter:38 mm