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Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Pergamon with cista mystica

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Obverse: Cista mystica from which serpent emerges left. Ivy-wreath around. Reverse: Bow-case containing bow and ornamented with aplustre, flanked each side by coiled serpent, head raised. At right, staff entwined by serpent. Inscription in Greek and monograms. (see media screen for Greek...

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From a hoard (MFA 65.62-65.99) found in 1960 at Çesme; 1960: purchased from a Greek dealer on behalf of MFA by Cornelius C. Vermeule III; purchased by MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, February 10, 1965

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, after 95–90 B.C.


Pergamon, Mysia


Diameter: 26.5 mm. Weight: 12.33 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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