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GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Antimachos I, ca. 175-170 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 1E
Diademed head of Antimachos right wearing kausia. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΘE[OY] ANTIMAXOY Poseidon standing facing, holding trident and palm branch, HA monogram in inner right field.
Bopearachchi Series 1E; SNG ANS 278 (monogram variant); Mitchiner 124a; Sear 7542.
(32 mm, 17.14 g, 12h)
Provenance, based on Bopearachchi: Freeman & Sear FPL 11, Spring/Summer 2006; ex- Muhammad Riaz Barber Coll.; ex- Peshawar bazaar (April 1996); ex-Kuliab Hoard (1996)

The Kuliab Hoard from which this coin derives was found in clandestine (1995/6) excavations on an ancient site in the vicinity of Kuliab, Tajikistan, 8-10 km from Qizil Mazar, in the valley of the Qizil Su, on the right bank of the Oxus. The inferred find site is located about 80 km northeast of the famed ancient site Ai Khanoum on the left bank of the Oxus, a key Greco-Bactrian foundation.

The hoard reputedly consisted of 800 coins of which 250 were described by Bopearachchi in his paper. The hoard, consisted dominantly of small denomination silver and contained coins from the time of Seleukos I down to the time of Eukratides I. Almost all the coins were of Bactrian origin. It appears to have been a savings hoard that was closed around 145 BC, probably co-incident with the invasion of nomadic peoples from the north.

The Kuliab Hoard represents one of the easternmost finds of Graeco-Bactrian coins, proof that Bactrian influence extended well into the western Himalayan Valleys of Tajikistan to the north northeast of Ai Khanoum.

Probably my finest tetradrachm - the male equivalent Mona Lisa of coinage!
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Mat  [May 22, 2011 at 01:19 PM]
Wow this is beautiful.
*Alex  [May 22, 2011 at 01:46 PM]
Outstanding! Although I have never collected Greek coins, this one is a well known type even to me, and it is one which I have much admired. Beautiful coin.
David Atherton  [May 22, 2011 at 07:34 PM]
A spectacular coin! It doesn't get much better than this.
cicerokid  [May 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM]
Beautiful Bactrian 5 star
Minos  [May 30, 2011 at 11:02 AM]
Now that's something else !
Bruno V.  [Jun 02, 2011 at 10:50 PM]
5 stars
robertpe  [Oct 29, 2011 at 05:48 PM]
kc  [Jun 17, 2012 at 02:40 AM]
most of the bactrian drachms are in nice condition, though your example is extra nice!!!
The 23 regiment  [Jul 02, 2013 at 10:07 PM]
That is an amazeing strike. It realy highlights the type.
Sam  [Nov 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM]
Amazing coin.
n.igma  [Dec 05, 2013 at 01:31 AM]
I agree, a truly amazing coin of the highest artistic merit. Arguably the best coin in the gallery IMHO. Kuliab Hoard # 135 (this coin) - ref "Coin Production and Circulation in Central Asia and North-West India (Before and after Alexanders Conquest)" translated from French into English: Indologica Taurinensia, Official Organ of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies, Vol. 25, 1999-2000, pp. 15-121 by Osmund Bopearachchi.
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