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Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Sardis with cista mystica

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Obverse: Wreath of leaves and berries within which cista mystica. Serpent emerges from half-open lid. Reverse: Bow-case containing strung bow at left side. Aplustre on bow-case. Coiled serpents flank each side. At right, serpent coiled around omphalos. Inscription in Greek at left. (see...

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By 1962: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen List 228, January 1963, no. 31); 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 150–135 B.C.


Sardis, Lydia


Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 12.44 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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