Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Pergamon with cista mystica

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 133–67 B.C.


Mint: Mysia, Pergamon

Dimensions

Diameter: 25.5 mm. Weight: 12.43 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

63.1618

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Half-open cista mystica, from which serpent emerges left.
Ivy wreath around.
Reverse: Bow-case, ornamented with an aplustre, between two coiled serpents.
At right, staff (or thyrsos?) entwined by serpent.
Two Greek letters above monogram between heads of coiled serpents.
Monogram in field at left.

Provenance

By 1963: with Hans von Aulock; purchased by MFA from Hans von Aulock, November 13, 1963

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour