Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Sardis with cista mystica

Greek
Hellenistic Period
about 150–135 B.C.


Mint: Lydia, Sardis

Dimensions

Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 12.44 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

64.505

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Wreath of leaves and berries within which cista mystica. Serpent emerges from half-open lid.
Reverse: Bow-case containing strung bow at left side. Aplustre on bow-case. Coiled serpents flank each side. At right, serpent coiled around omphalos.
Inscription in Greek at left.

Provenance

By 1962: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen List 228, January 1963, no. 31); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., April 8, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour