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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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Provenance

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

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 150–135 B.C.

Mint

Sardis, Lydia

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

64.505

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins