Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Sardis with cista mystica

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 135–128 B.C.


Mint: Lydia, Sardis

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 199.

Dimensions

Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 12.08 gm. Die Axis: 2

Accession Number

59.311

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Cista mystica with lid raised, serpent issuing to left, downwards, all in an ivy wreath with bunches of berries.
Reverse: Two serpents entwined around a bow-case ornamented with palmettes. At right, a draped figure (Zeus Lydios) stands to left, phiale in extended right hand.
At upper left: I = year 10 = 124 B.C.
Monogram above case and inscription at left.

Provenance

From the collection of the American Numismatic Society; by 1959: Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule Jr. Collection; gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule Jr. to MFA, May 14, 1959

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule Jr.