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A brass coin of Amisos showing Dionysos and a cista Coin Type: Brass AE22 of Amisos in Pontos, time Of Mithradates VI, 120-63 BCE
Mint and Date: Amisos, 120-63 BCE
Size and Weight: 22mm, 6.90g
Obverse: Head of young Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy with leaves and clusters of fruit.
Reverse: Cista Mystica, with a ribboned thyrsos resting on it diagonally.
Monogram to left, AMIΣOY below.
Provenance: Calgary Coin & Antique (Vcoins), January 2010.
Ref: GCV 3640
BW Ref: 008 047 153
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Note: There is sometimes said to be a panther-skin lying on the cista, with the fronds to the right being its feet. But these usually look more like the decorative ends of the ribbon which is tied in a bow around the thyrsos.

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