Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Pergamon with cista mystica, struck under Machaon

Late Hellenistic Period
55–54 B.C.

Mint: Mysia, Pergamon


Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 12.45 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World



Obverse: Within wreath of ivy, cista mystica from which serpent emerges left.
Reverse: Between two coiled serpents, bowcase ornamented with aplustre.
In field at right, serpent-entwined thyrsos.
Inscription in Latin above: C.PVLCHER /PROCOS
Inscription in Latin and Greek letters below. Monogram at left.


By date unknown: Consul Eduard Friedrich Weber Collection; by 1908: with Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Arcisstrasse 17, Munich, Germany (Hirsch auction 21: the Weber Collection, November 16ff., 1908, lot 2489); by date unknown: Walter Niggeler Collection; by 1965: with Bank Leu & Co. AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland and Münzen und Medaillen AG, Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (auction of the Walter Niggeler Collection, pt. I, Malzgasse 25, Basel, December 4-5, 1965, lot 364); January 12, 1966: purchased by MFA from Bank Leu & Co. AG

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour