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Ptolemaic Kings of Egypt 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.)Weight: 27.85 grams. Diameter 28.mm. Alexandria in Egypt mint. Obverse: Diademed and draped bust of the Macedonian queen of Egypt Arsinoe right, with lotus-tipped scepter over shoulder, 'k' behind her. Reverse: APÓINOHÓ ÖIËAÄELÖOY, 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.