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Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Tralles with cista mystica, struck under Aristokles

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Obverse: Wreath of leaves and berries within which cista mystica. Serpent emerges from half-open lid at left. Reverse: Bow-case, ornamented with aplustre and containing strung bow, flanked each side by coiled serpent. At right, hand holds olive branch. At left: TPA above:...

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By date unknown: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Street, Philadelphia 3, Pa. (Hesperia Art Bulletin 26, no. 39); April 8, 1964: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Late Hellenistic Period, 55–53 B.C.


Tralles, Lydia


Diameter: 26.5 mm. Weight: 11.36 gm. Die Axis: 1

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The Ancient World


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