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Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Ephesos with cista mystica

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Obverse: Cista mystica with serpent issuing out the left side, below raised lid; all in ivy wreath. Reverse: Two serpents with bow and bow-case between. Above left: A; above right: K. At right, double cornucopiae. Inscription in Greek at left. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)


By 1954: with Hugo Weissmann, 96 Charles Street, Boston, Mass.; purchased by MFA from Hugo Weissmann, October 14, 1954, for $ 45.00

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 140–137 B.C.


Ephesos, Ionia

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 165.


Diameter: 13 mm. Weight: 12.67 gm. Die Axis: 12

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins