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Indo-Scythian

Alexander's successors in India became increasingly isolated and eventually became an island of Hellenic people, completely cut off from their western kinsman. Surrounded on all sides, they succumbed to the superior numbers of local people and disappeared from history.


Indo-Scythian Kingdom, Azes II, c. 35 B.C. - c. 5 A.D.

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WA26697. Silver tetradrachm, Senior 98.354T (same obverse die), Mitchiner IGIS vol. 6, 848d; Fröhlich, series 12, 273 var. (different obverse letter), HGC 12 637, gVF, weight 9.725 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 180o, North Eastern Province mint, 20 - 1 B.C.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MAΓAΛOY AZOY, king on horseback riding right, holding whip, Kharosthi control letter I right; reverse Kharosthi legend: Maharajasa rajadirajasa mahatasa Ayasa (of Great King, King of Kings Azes the Great), Pallas standing right, spear over shoulder and shield on her left side, right extended, Kharosthi control marks left and right; SOLD


Indo-Scythian Kingdom, Azes II, c. 35 B.C. - 5 A.D.

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Azes II may have been the last Indo-Scythian king in the northern Indian subcontinent (Pakistan). Indo-Scythian rule crumbled under the conquests of the Kushans who expanded into India to create the Kushan Empire. Senior and Hoover now believe Azes II did not exist and attribute all Azes coins to Azes I or as posthumous imitative issues. A type attributed to Azes I has been found overstruck on a coin traditionally attributed to Azes II, supporting their hypothesis.
WA72209. Silver drachm, Fröhlich 276; Mitchiner IGIS, volume 6, 848k; Senior 98.374, HGC 12 637, VF, weight 9.514 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 315o, Taxila Sirsukh mint, c. 35 B.C. - 5 A.D.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛOY AZOY, king riding right on horseback, raising right hand, whip over shoulder in left hand, Karosthi letter Sam before horse; reverse Kharosthi legend: Maharajasa rajatirajasa mahatasa Ayasa (of great king, king of kings, Azes the Great), Pallas Athena standing right, raising right hand, shield on left arm, transverse spear in left hand, Karosthi monogram left, Karosthi monogram right; SOLD


Indo-Scythian Kingdom, Azes II, c. 35 - 5 B.C.

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Azes II may have been the last Indo-Scythian king in the northern Indian subcontinent (modern day Pakistan). Indo-Scythian rule crumbled under the conquests of the Kushans who expanded into India to create the Kushan Empire. Senior and Hoover now believe Azes II did not exist and attribute all Azes coins to Azes I or as posthumous imitative issues. A type attributed to Azes I has been found overstruck on a coin traditionally attributed to Azes II, supporting their hypothesis.
WA57599. Silver tetradrachm, Senior 98.329T; Mitchiner IGIS 6, 8489i; Fröhlich 274; Mitchiner ACW 2368 var. (obv control letter), HGC 12 637, gVF, weight 8.974 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 45o, obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛOY AZOY, king on horseback riding right, holding whip, Kharosthi letter ti (control letter) before horse; reverse Kharosthi legend: Maharajasa rajadirajasa mahatasa Ayasa (of great king, king of kings, Azes the Great), Pallas standing right, raising right hand, spear over left shoulder and shield on left arm, monograms in left and right fields, Kharosthi letter va upper right; SOLD







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REFERENCES

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Bopearachchi, O & A. ur Rahman. Pre-Kushana Coins in Pakistan. (Karachi, 1995).
Fröhlich, C. Monnaies indo-scythes et indo-parthes, Catalogue raisonné Bibliothèque nationale de France. (Paris, 2008).
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Sear, D. Greek Coins and Their Values, Volume 2, Asia and Africa. (London, 1979).
Senior, R. Indo-Scythian Coins and History. (London, 2001).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Volume 7: Cyprus to India. (New Jersey, 1982).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Collection of the American Numismatic Society, Part 9: Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek Coins. (New York, 1998).

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