Ptolemaic Kingdom Ptolemy II 285-246 BC Dynastic Gold Octodrachm (27.75g)
NGC AU 4/5 Strike 4/5 Surface
Obverse Ptolemy II and Arsinoe II above their heads is the Greek word for “siblings”
Reverse Ptolemy I and Berenice above their head is the Greek word for “gods”.
Ptolemaic Egypt was the only ancient kingdom to strike large quantities of these enormous gold coins weighing nearly an ounce. Some like to think they were a distant ancestor to the modern double eagle. This impressive ancient gold coin was worth 100 Silver drachms, a small fortune in ancient society. The Ancient Greeks and Egyptians had never before seen a gold coin with family members on both sides, gaining the name “Dynastic Octodrachm”.