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Printed Auction 40 Lot 61

MYSIA. Pergamon. Autonomous issue. Circa 76 B.C. AR cistophoric tetradrachm. 12.49 gm. 27 mm. Cista mystica (basket) with a serpent emerging left; all within ivy wreath with fruits / Two snakes coiled around a bowcase; ΔΙ over ΠΡΥ monogram above, ΠΕΡΓ monogram to left, staff of Asklepios to right. Kleiner 46. SNG France 1749. Choice Extremely Fine; lustrous old toning; small graffiti '1448' in obverse field to left; a maze of numerous fine diebreaks on obverse; struck from a failing obverse die that looks to be in the process of shattering. Well centered and sharply struck. Choice and fascinating.

From an American collection formed in the late 1940's and early 1950's.

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