). A term applied to certain silver coins issued
in Asia Minor, in consequence of the type with which they were impressed—a Dionysiac
, out of which a serpent
glides. The other side of the coin bears the name or monogram of the city of issue.
According to Dr. Imhoof, this coin originated in Ephesus shortly before B.C. 200, and its use
rapidly extended throughout the dominions of Attalus I. of Pergamus. Henceforth the
cistophorus became a sort of PanAsiatic coin, and was issued in vast quantities from many
Asiatic mints. See Numismatic Chronicle (1883)
, p. 196.