The Pergamon Coin
Materials: Ancient Genuine Silver Coin, 18k gold frame and chain.
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The PERGAMON COIN. Hand crafted with an 18k gold frame, this necklace carries a genuine ancient coin from 166 BC. The monogram on the coin depicts a snake emerging from a half-open cista mystica, In ancient initiation ceremonies known as the Dionysian mysteries, a serpent, representing the God, was carried in a box called a Cista Mystica "sacred chest" on a bed of vine leaves. The reverse side of this ancient Greek coin depicts a Cista Mystica within an ivy wreath. The obverse shows 2 serpents entwined around a bow case, with a serpent entwined thyrsos to the right.
This coin was hand struck in the Hellenistic city of Pergamon, which was located in modern-day Izmir, Turkey. This great city became the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon under the Attalid dynasty, 281–133 BC. Pergamon was home to the Temple of Dionysus and the Acropolis of Pergamon was remodeled after the Acropolis in Athens. The city’s theater had a seating capacity of 10,000, with the steepest seating of any known theater in the ancient world.