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    Ptolemaic Kingdom. Arsinöe II, wife of Ptolemy II. Died 270 B.C. AV octodrachm, (28 mm, 27.75 g, 12 h). Alexandria, ca. 253/2-246 B.C. Veiled head right, wearing stephane, lotus scepter behind, horn of Ammon below ear; K behind / Double cornucopia bound with fillet. H. A. Troxell, "Arsinoe's Non-Era," MN 28 (1983), group 3, pl. 7, 3; Svoronos 475; SNG Copenhagen -. AU NGC.

    This massive gold coin celebrates the power of the queen in the Ptolemaic Egypt. In contrast to most other Hellenistic royal coins, which rarely depict queens without their husbands, Ptolemaic royal women appear on the coinage with relative frequency. The portrait of Arsinöe II on the gold octodrachm must be one of the more dramatic instances of this custom. Here the queen is assimilated to Isis-Aphrodite by the lotus scepter behind her head and to Ammon by the horn behind her ear. The double cornucopiae of the reverse is typical of Ptolemaic coinage and refers to the fecundity of the land as represented in the marriage of the king and the queen.


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