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κιστοφόρος). A term applied to certain silver coins issued in Asia Minor, in consequence of the type with which they were impressed—a Dionysiac cista, out of which a serpent

Cistophorus. (Head.)

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.

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