Hammurabi's Coin -
On episode No. 208 "Samantha's Old Salem Trip"
on the situation comedy BEWITCHED/ABC/1964-72
Esmeralda (Alice Ghostley) accidentally
transports Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth
Montgomery) back to Old Salem, Massachusetts
(without her memory).
To save the day, Endora (Agnes Moorehead) gives
Sam's husband, Darrin (Dick Sargent) a magic
silver coin minted in the ancient days of
Hammurabi to counter the spell and bring
To make the coin work, Darrin had to make
Samantha face to the East, place the coin on her
forehead, bow three times. and recite the
magical incantation "Akmed Talu Varsee Lupin"
(meaning "Good Luck" in Babylonian). To keep the
coin stuck to her head as she bowed, Darrin
covered the coin with honey.
As Samantha uttered the last word of the
incantation she regained her memory and then
traveled back to the 20th century. Before she
left, however, she chastised the village elders
of Old Salem for persecuting witches.
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