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ArsinoŽ II Philadelphos - 1st daughter of Pharaoh Ptolemy I Soter
PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT, ALEXANDRIA, 253 - 252 BC, Struck under Ptolemy II.
AV Octodrachm (MnaÔeion) - 27mm, 27.69 g, 12h

O - ArsinoŽ II head right, veiled and wearing stephane; lotus-tipped scepter in background, Θ to left
R - APΣINOHΣ ΦIΛAΔEΛΦOY, double cornucopia bound with fillet.

Svoronos 460; Troxell, Arsinoe, Transitional to Group 3, p. 43 and pl. 6, 2-3 (same obv. die); SNG Copenhagen 134.

Arsinoe II married Lysimachus at the age of 15. After Lysimachus' death in battle in 281 BC, she fled to Cassandreia and married her paternal half-brother Ptolemy Keraunos. As he became more powerful, she conspired against him leading to the killing of her sons, Lysimachus and Philip. After their deaths, she fled to Alexandria, Egypt to seek protection from her brother, Ptolemy II Philadelphus; whom she later married. As a result, both were given the epithet "Philadelphoi" ("Sibling-loving (plural)") by the presumably scandalized Greeks.

Arsinoe II Philadelphos, died 270-268 BC.
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Keywords:PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT, ALEXANDREIA, AV, Gold, Oktadrachm, cornucopia
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Lloyd T  [Aug 23, 2012 at 04:21 AM]
Wonderful coin and quite exotic.
David Atherton  [Aug 23, 2012 at 06:11 AM]
Stunning coin!
SPQR Coins  [Sep 22, 2012 at 01:06 AM]
Sam  [Jan 27, 2013 at 07:38 PM]