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Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Apameia with cista mystica

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Obverse: Ivy-wreath with berries, within which serpent emerging left from cista mystica. Reverse: Bow-case flanked by two coiled serpents. Strung bow within; aplustre ornaments bow-case. At right, elephant head right. Monogram in Greek at left. (see media screen for monogram)


By 1962: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen List 228, January 1963, no. 38); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., April 8, 1964

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 150–140 B.C.


Apameia, Phrygia


Diameter: 30.5 mm. Weight: 12.40 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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