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Indo-Greek Kingdoms

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-Greek Kingdom, Hippostratos, c. 65 - 55 B.C.

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The quantity and quality of Hippostratos' coinage indicates a quite powerful king. He seems to have initially fought successfully against the Indo-Scythian invaders led by Azes I. He was, however, ultimately defeated and became the last western Indo-Greek king.
SH56743. Silver tetradrachm, SNG ANS 1624 var. (normal M), Bopearachchi 7 var. (exergue control letter not listed), Mitchiner IGIS 445 var. (same), aVF, weight 9.340 g, maximum diameter 28.3 mm, die axis 0o, Hazara(?) mint, obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY ΣΩTHPOΣ, IΠΠOΣTPATOY (M as eta), diademed and draped bust right; reverse Kharosthi legend: maharajasa tratarasa mahatasa jayamtasa Hipustratasa, Hippostratos on horseback right, wearing crested helmet and military garb; Kharosthi letters left and in exergue, monogram right; variant not in sources consulted, SNG ANS notes otherwise unpublished for the similar type with a normal M; very rare; SOLD


Baktrian Indo-Greek Kingdom, Antialkidas Nikephoros, c. 130 - 120 B.C.

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GS80369. Silver drachm, SGCV II 7631, SNG Cop 315, SNG ANS 1066, Choice aEF, weight 2.380 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ NIKHΦOPOY ANTIAΛKI∆OY, diademed and draped bust right; reverse Kharosthi legend around, Zeus Nikator enthroned half left, Nike in right hand, scepter in left hand, elephant forepart at feet, monogram beneath throne; masterpiece portrait; SOLD


Eastern Indo-Greek Kingdom, Apollodotos I Soter, c. 174 - 165 B.C.

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Apollodotos was an associate king of Eucratides and colleague of Menander. He ruled the provinces south of the Hindu Kush. Mitchiner lists these mint monograms for the drachm but not for the hemidrachm.
BB65962. Silver hemidrachm, Mitchiner IGIS, Vol. II, p. 117, Type 208 var. (monograms); Lahiri 3; cf. Mitchiner IGIS, Vol. II, p. 116, Type 207i (same monograms, drachm), gVF, dark toning, weight 1.119 g, maximum diameter 14.68 mm, die axis 0o, Jammu mint, c. 174 - 165 B.C.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΠOΛΛO∆OTOY ΣΩTHPOΣ, elephant standing right, monogram below; reverse Kharosthi legend: maharajasa apaladatasa tratarasa (great king Apollodotos, savior), humped bull standing right, monogram below; SOLD







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REFERENCES

Bopearachchi, O. Indo-Greek, Indo-Scythian and Indo-Parthian Coins in the Smithsonian Institution. (Washington D.C., 1993).
Bopearachchi, O. Monnaies Grťco-Bactriennes et Indo-Grecques. (Paris, 1991).
Bopearachchi, O & A. ur Rahman. Pre-Kushana Coins in Pakistan. (Karachi, 1995).
Lahiri, A.N. Corpus of Indo-Greek Coins. (Calcutta, 1965).
Mitchiner, M. Indo-Greek and Indo-Scythian Coinage. (London, 1975-1976).
Mitchiner, M. Oriental Coins: the Ancient and Classical World. (London, 1978).
Sear, D. Greek Coins and Their Values, Volume 2, Asia and Africa. (London, 1979).
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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