The Cistophorus denomination
The cistophorus was a coin of ancient Pergamum. It was introduced sometime in the years 175–160 BC at that city to provide the Attalid kingdom with a substitute for Seleucid coins and the tetradrachms of Philetairos. It was also used by a number of other cities that were under Attalid control, including Alabanda and Kibyra.

It continued to be minted and circulated down to the time of Hadrian, long after the kingdom was bequeathed to Rome. It owes its name to a figure, on the obverse, of the sacred chest (cista) of Dionysus.

It was tariffed at four drachmas, but weighed only as much as three Attic drachmas (the most important weight standard of the time), 12.75 grams. In addition, the evidence of hoards suggests that it did not travel outside the area which Pergamum controlled. It is therefore suspected that it was overvalued in this area.
An AR Cistophorus struck 128-138 AD in Sardis
Obverse: head right; HADRIANVS__AVGUSTVS P P

Reverse: facing cult statue of Kore, headdress with plume, stiff robe falling to feet and veil draped over wrists; grain ear on both sides; COS__III

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
overstruck cistophoric of Augustus
RIC 510; RSC 279; Metcalf Typ 47.
(2) Marcus Antonius
An AR Cistophorus struck 39 BC in Ephesos
Obverse: M•ANTONIVS•IMP•COS•DESIG•ITER•ET•TERT - Head of Antony right, wearing ivy wreath, lituus below; all within wreath of ivy and flowers.

Reverse: III•VIR• R•P•C - head of Octavia atop cista mystica, between twisting snakes.

Diameter: 27 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 12.4 g

"Following the death of Octavia's first husband C. Claudius Marcellus in 40 BC, her marriage to Antony sought to seal the Pact of Brundisium in which it had been agreed that Octavian would assume control of the west and Antony of the east. The striking of this type cements the agreement before the people of Ephesus, an important city, later made the capital of Asia Minor by Augustus in 27 BC. Octavia spent two winters with Antony in Athens and in 37 BC assisted in securing the Triumvirate for another 5 years at the Pact of Tarentum. Following this, Antony returned to the east and, having left Octavia behind, lived with Cleopatra VII in Egypt. Although they divorced in 32 BC, after Antony's defeat at the Battle of Actium and subsequent suicide, Octavia raised all of his surviving children by Fulvia and Cleopatra, along with her own."

RPC I 2201
(3) Pergamon
An AR Cistophorus struck 76-67 BC in Pergamon
Obverse: snake emerging from cista mystica, all in ivy wreath

Reverse: coiled snakes, flanking ornamented bow-case, thyrsos right; MOΣ / (ΠYP) / (ΠEP)

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 12.3 g
No notes for this coin
Kleiner, Hoard 44; Pinder 124 var. (monogram in wreath); SNG France 1748 var. (same)
(4) Tralleis
An AR Cistophorus struck 133-126 BC in Tralleis
Obverse: cista mystica with snake, all in ivy wreath

Reverse: coiled snakes, flanking ornamented bow-case; Dionysos on the right, holding thyrsos and grapes; TPAΛ / ΠTOΛ

Diameter: 25.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 12.8 g
No notes for this coin
SNG Cop 662-663var (Datum), BMC 332.44