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Greco-Baktrian Kingdom, Eukratides I the Great, c. 170 - 145 B.C.
Eucratides I the Great came to the throne by overthrowing the dynasty of Euthydemus I and became one of the most important Greco-Bactrian kings. Eucratides had a vast and prestigious coinage, suggesting a rule of considerable importance. He fought against the Indo-Greek kings, the easternmost Hellenistic rulers in northwestern India, temporarily holding territory as far as the Indus, until he was finally defeated and pushed back to Bactria. Justin ends his account of Eucratides' life by claiming he was murdered on his way back from India by his own son, who hated his father so much that he dragged his dead body behind his chariot. WA88316. Bronze square 4 units, Bopearachchi Serie 19i, Mitchiner IGIS 190d, SNG ANS 551, SNG Cop 280, HGC 12 146 (S), aVF, dark patina, highlighting earthen deposits, weight 9.168 g, maximum diameter 30.2 mm, die axis 0o, c. 170 - 145 B.C.; obverse helmeted bust of king right, Boiotian helmet crested and ornamented with ear and horn of a bull, BAΣIΛEΩΣ (king) upward on left, MEΓAΛOY (great) above, EYKPATI∆OY (Eukratides) below; reverse the Dioscuri on horseback galloping right, each holding palm frond and couched spear, ΓΩ monogram lower right, Karosthilegend: Maharajasa Evukratidasa (of King Eukratides, the Great) above and below; ex Ancient Imports; scarce; $120.00 (€102.00)
India, Kabul and Gandhara, Anonymous Post-Shahi, 1021 - 1200 A.D.
Mitchiner notes the Ghaznavids occupied the Shahi Kingdom and some of these coins may have been struck by them, however, the major issuers were probably the Chahamanas.WA74839. Billon jital, "Bull and Horseman" jital; cf. Palomares Buenotype 3, MacDowall 33bis, Mitchiner NI 473, Deyell 235-236, Tye 33, VF, small tight flan dumpy fabric, light corrosion, light earthen deposits, weight 3.418 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 225o, c. 1021 - 1200 A.D.; obverse Sri Samanta Deva, Recumbent zebu left, star and crescent before; reverse sarada aksara, horseman right, holding banner, 'Bhi' on left; $30.00 (€25.50)
Macedonian Kingdom, Satrapy of Bactria, Sophytes, c. 315 - 305 B.C.
SH26919. Silver drachm, Mitchiner IGIS 29a, SNG ANS 21, superb EF, weight 3.397 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 180o, obversehead of Sophytes right, wearing helmet and olive wreath, side flap ornamented with wing, ligate MNA on bottom of neck truncation; reverse ΣΩΦYTOY, rooster standing right, kerykeion behind; ex CNG 69 (8 June 2005), lot 777, slightly grainy, small flan defect on helmet, very sharp, bold high-relief strike; very rare; SOLD
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