Ptolemy II

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Acquired in 1910 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 102 Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Vol 1, Part 1, 'the Collection of Capt. E. G. Spencer-Churchill, M.C., of Northwick Park' and 'The Salting Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum', London, published for the British Academy by Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, London and Spink and Son, London, S.N.G. 49
collection_code
SCP
credit
date_end
date_start
date_text
3rd century BC (made)
descriptive_line
Coin, octadrachm, gold, busts of PtolemyII & Ptolemy I, Greek, 3rd century BC
dimensions
Diameter: 2.79 cm, Weight: 27.74 g
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
From the Salting bequest.
id
258612
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T10:53:23.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T10:53:23.000Z
latitude
39.072449
location
In Storage
longitude
21.84556
marks
materials
gold
materials_techniques
Gold
museum_number
A.620-1910
museum_number_token
a6201910
object_number
O310937
object_type
Coin (stater)
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Obverse: Greek inscription.Busts jugate right of Ptolemy II, with whisker, wearing diadem and chlamys, and of his wife Arsinoe II, diademed and draped. Reverse: Greek inscription. Busts jugate right of Ptolemy I and his wife Berenice I, both diademed and draped.
place
Greece
primary_image_id
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This coin is a octadrachm depicting four busts, two on each side. One side shows Ptolemy II, Philadelphus, King of Egypt and his wife and the other side Ptolemy I, Soter, King of Egypt and his wife. A drachm is the basic monetary unit in ancient Greece (and still today), originating from the word 'dragma', which means 'handful'. A drachm is a medium sized coin, weighing around 4 grams and with a diameter of about 1.6 to 1.9 cm. An octadrachm, as here, is an eight-drachm, which has roughly eight times the value of a drachm. Greek coins were made by a crude form of striking, the rough blank of metal being placed between two dies engraved with the required image and the whole assemblage being hit with a hammer. Thus obverse and reverse were impressed simultaneously, sometimes with uneven results. The coins bequeathed to the V&A by Salting include examples of silver coins from Syracuse of the 4th century BC, a set of gold imperial coins of Rome, and some fine specimens of bronze denarii of the Roman Empire.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
ptolemy-ii-coin-stater-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Ptolemy II
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-200
year_start
-300