Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Sardis with cista mystica
about 135–128 B.C.
Mint: Lydia, Sardis
Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 199.
Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 12.08 gm. Die Axis: 2
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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
Gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule Jr.