Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Nysa with cista mystica, struck undr Mo[...]

Greek
Hellenistic Period
After 133 B.C.


Mint: Lydia, Nysa

Dimensions

Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 12.28 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number

64.504

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Cista mystica, half-open, from which snake emerges.
All within wreath of ivy leaves and berries.
Reverse: Two coiled serpents. Between them a bow-case ornamented with aplustre.
Strung bow within case appears behind serpent on the left.
At right, mostly off flan, Dionysos standing holding thyrsos.
Inscriptions in Greek at left and right and between serpents’ heads..

Provenance

By 1962: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen List 228, January 1963, no. 30); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., April 8, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour