180/167-133 BC Ionia AR Cistophorus NGC Ch AU (Ancient Greek) Strike: 4/5, Surface Quality: 4/5.
Grade: Ch AU, Strike: 4/5, Surface Quality: 4/5. Obverse of Cista Mystica, wreath, Reverse of bow case, two snakes.This is an exciting offering of an about uncirculated example of Ancient coinage struck in Ionia, Ephesus, now modern day Turkey. The obverse (front) of this exciting Ancient coin bears the image of a cista mystica, or sacred chest, and often used to house snakes. Cistae mystica chests were used during initiation ceremonies by the followers of Bacchus, or Dionysus the famous gods of wine and drink. The cista on this coin is surrounded by a wreath. The reverse of the coin bears a bow case surrounded by 2 snakes. This coin is struck in silver and is quite scarce in this about uncirculated condition. Diameter is approximately 25 mm.