A silver "cistaphoric tetradrachm" minted at Pergamon (Turkey) c. 123-104 B.C. after the Romans created the Province of Asia. Some numismatists have called this the ugliest Greek coin type. Certainly the snakes are not appealing. (But they are interesting.) The obverse has the "cista mystica" or sacred chest with a snake crawling out and the reverse has two snakes around a bow case. Needless to say, snakes played a role in the local religion, and pages could be written on what role the snakes played in the cult. The mint name is abbreviated into a monogram "Pi epsilon rho" on the left of the reverse. This type was issued in vast quantities from numerous Asiatic mints.