Mysia, Pergamon. c. 166-67 BC

Mysia, Pergamon. c. 166-67 BC


AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm, 11.91g (28mm, 12h). Cista mystica within ivy wreath / Two serpents entwined around bow case; civic monogram to l., eagle on fulmen with start above to r.

References: Kleiner/Noe, Series 6 11-g; SNG v. Aulock 1368

Grade: Metallic like surfaces. Good strike and well-centered. VF+  (gk1093)

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Cistophori began to be struck in large numbers beginning a little before 200 BC under the kings of Pergamene. Its introduction was in the city of Ephesus and slowly rolled out to be a Pan-Asiatic coinage. The coinage was named for its type which showed a cista mystica on the obverse. The different cities throughout Asia Minor had almost identical coinage aside from local mint letters and magistrate names differentiating them. The pan-regional coinage phenomena may have become popular based on the success of previous types such as Alexander tetradrachms or Achaean League coinage from the Peloponnesus which had almost identical imagery across large regions of the Greek world.