Asclepius is great and his staff on the other side has its snaky charms. The patina seems nice, too, if it's natural. I bought it for my giveaway goodies pick bin, but was almost tempted to keep it for myself. Syria (Seleucis & Pieria, Antioch): bronze tessera, pseudo-autonomous issue, ca. 2nd century AD Or... wait... IS it? Or was it misattributed? Ex-Biga Numismatiek, Netherlands (formerly Alibaba Coins). Their description follows: I know vaguely who Asclepius was in mythology, but that's about all. Share what you know about these pieces, or tesserae in general, since that's another term I only partially understand. I thought tesserae were mosaic tiles? I guess they were, but what was the purpose of round, coin-like metal tesserae such as this? Counters? Temple tokens? Did they serve any quasi-monetary role? Feel free to post your tesserae, or anything featuring Asclepius or health, or serpent-staff/caduceus motifs.