A Cistophoric tetradrachm with a double die match!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by JayAg47, May 21, 2024.

  1. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    I've been looking for these cistophoric tetradrachms for a long time, but non 'spoke' to me, or they were too expensive to justify the purchase. As part of my recent splurge, I finally bought it, even though I had this coin on my watchlist for nearly a year (probably the longest I've ever pondered over buying a coin, and luckily no one else bought it in the meantime, for a good reason).


    MYSIA, Pergamon AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm.
    12.28g, 28.9mm, circa 180/167-133 BC
    REF: BMC 90, Kleiner-Noe series 11a, Pinder 84a.
    OBV: Cista mystica within ivy wreath. REV: Two serpents entwined around bow and bowcase; ΠΕPΓ civic monogram to left, race torch to right.

    I got it form @zumbly's store Minotaur coins. This is what it looked like, with patches of horn silver. Upon receiving the coin, I treated with sodium thiosulphate to remove the encrustations.

    I then looked to see if there are any die matches. I'm sure the later issues of these coins are so numerous that finding a die match is almost impossible. However, since this is an early type with specific elements like the torch and high details on the bow case and the snakes, I managed to find a double die match after examining hundreds of images on acsearch. I believe the coin below, sold by Heritage is a double die match. https://coins.ha.com/itm/ancients/g...ic16=ViewItem-Auction-Archive-JumpLot-081514#

    Please share you cistophoric themed coins!
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I like it. One of these days I will give in and get one of these. Congrats.
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  4. philologus_1

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    I like the type. It's a little creepy (or better: slithery), but it is effectively illustrative of what went on within the famous temple in Pergamon. :-o

    And I love double-die-matches of high production volume types! I agree that the coins shown were struck by the same dies. (I have 2 pair in my collection of types which were issued in significantly numerous quantities, yet are double-die matched.)
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  5. -monolith-

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    Did the sodium thiosulphate treatment darken the coin to a copperish brown because there is a noticeable difference between the photos?
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  6. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    Yes, it usually leaves brownish-yellow layer, but I mostly clean it with sodium bicarbonate. Since I like the contrast it gives with this coin, I left it as is, also the image was taken under direct sunlight so the yellowness is more pronounced.
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