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Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Pergamon with cista mystica

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Obverse: Within ivy wreath, cista mystica from which serpent emerges left. Reverse: Bow-case, ornamented with aplustre, containing bow, flanked each side by coiled serpent, head raised. In field 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: 27.5 mm. Weight: 12.10 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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