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34. Baktria: Euthydemos II.95 viewsTetradrachm, ca 190-170 BC.
Obverse: Diademed bust of Euthydemos II.
Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΕΥΘΥΔΗΜΟΥ / Herakles standing, holding wreath, club, and lion's skin. PK monogram at left.
16.90 gm., 30 cm.
Sear #7536; Bepearachchi Serie 1C.
2 commentsCallimachus
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AE 1.5 Kharshapani of Pushkalavati ca 160 BC31 viewsObverse: Elephant walking right with ghadya above
Reverse: Lion walking left in Incuse 'square' with ghadya before and swastika above.
11.2 grams, about 19x19mm

Pushkalavati was located near present day Peshawar in Pakistan, on the border area with ancient Bactria (Afghanistan)
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Ancient Greek Coin Collection From Sixth to First Centuries B.C.309 viewsHere are the coins I started collecting from 2012 to present. As Aristotle wrote two millennia ago that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, there is no better way to present a collection of Greeks than to put them all together in a single shot. (Please click on picture for bigger resolution and to show greater details on coins).

Top row from left to right: AEOLIS, MYRINA. AR "Stephanophoric" Tetradrachm. Circa 150 BC**ILLYRIA, DYRRHACHION. AR Stater. Circa 340-280 BC**IONIA, SMYRNA. AR “Stephanophoric” Tetradrachm. Circa 150-145 BC** PELOPONNESOS, SIKYON. AR Stater. Circa 335-330 BC**ATTICA, ATHENS. “New style” Tetradrachm. Circa 169 BC.

Fifth row: BACTRIA, Antialkidas. AR Drachm. Circa 145-135 BC**CAPPADOCIA. Ariobarzanes I AR Drachm. Circa 96-63 BC**THRACE, ABDERA. AR Tetrobol. Circa 360-350 BC**THRACE, CHERSONESSOS. AR Hemidrachm. Circa 386-338 BC.

Fourth row: LUCANIA, METAPONTION. AR Stater. Circa 510-480 BC**THESSALIAN LEAGUE. AR Stater. Circa 196-146 BC**MACEDONIA. Kassander AR Tetradrachm. Circa 317-315 BC**AKARNANIA, LEUKAS. AR Stater. Circa 320-280 BC**PAMPHYLIA, ASPENDOS. AR Stater. Circa 330-300 BC.

Third row: SELEUKID SYRIA. Antiochos VI AR Drachm. Circa 144-143 BC**LUCANIA, METAPONTION. AR Stater. Circa 340-330 BC**LUCANIA, VELIA. AR Stater. Circa 280 BC**PARTHIA. Mithradates II AR Drachm. Circa 121-91 BC.

Second row: MYSIA, PERGAMMON. Eumenes I AR Tetradrachm. Circa 263-241 BC**CILICIA, TARSOS. Mazaios AR Stater. Circa 361-334 BC**THRACE. Lysimachos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 297-281 BC**CILICIA, TARSOS. Pharnabazos AR Stater. Circa 380-374 BC**THRACE, MARONEIA. AR Tetradrachm. Mid 2nd cent. BC.

Bottom row: SELEUKID SYRIA. Antiochos Euergetes VII AR Tetradrachm. Circa 138-129 BC**MACEDON. Alexander III AR Tetradrachm. Circa 325-315 BC**CILICIA, AIGEAI. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 30 BC**PAIONIA. Patraos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 335-315 BC**PAMPHYLIA, SIDE. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 155-36 BC.
10 commentsJason T
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Antimachos I (185-170 BCE) tetradrachm (AR)72 viewsObv.: Draped bust of Antimachos I r., wearing kausia Rev.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΘΕΟΥ ΑΝΤΙΜΑΧΟΥ (Poseidon stg. facing, holding trident and palm branch; in lower r. field, monogram.) Struck at Pushkalavati (174-165 BCE) Weight: 16.98 g. Diameter: 32.4 mm Reference: Mitchiner 124ff., Bopearachchi série 1A, HGCS 12/106 Provenance: Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 84/2 (2015)

Very little is known about this enigmatic Bactrian king, although he likely belonged to the Euthydemid dynasty and was subsequently defeated by Eukratides. The kausia, a typical Macedonian hat, underlined Antimachos' Macedonian lineage, thus boosting his legitimacy. While Poseidon's appearance on the coins of a landlocked nation is remarkable, he may have been connected to the Oxus river flowing through Bactria or the numerous earthquakes that to this day plague Afghanistan.
1 commentsNick.vdw
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Apollodotus II (80 - 65 B.C.)27 viewsAR Drachm
Bactrian Kingdom
O: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTPOΣ KAI ΦIΛOΠATPOΣ AΠOΛΛOΔOTOY; diademed and draped bust right.
R:Rev: "Maharajasa tratarasa Apaladatasa" in Karosthi; Athena Alkidemos advancing left, holding thunderbolt and aegis; monogram to right. 
2.21g
17mm
Bopearachchi Série 2D; SNG ANS 1544ff. 
2 commentsMat
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Ardashir I Kushanshah (ca.230-250 AD), Kushano-Sassanians (Kushanshahs) 123 views19000
Very rare and superb bronze drachm (without a letter in front of bust) of Ardashir I Kushanshah (ca.230-250 AD), Kushano-Sassanians (Kushanshahs)
Size: 17mm, 2.6grams, bronze.
Notes: Bust of Ardashir facing right, wearing a long earring, double cornucopea behind bust, without a Brahmi letter in front of bust, Pahlavi legend MaZDISN BaGI ARTaHShaTR RaBI KUShAN spread on the obverse and the reverse / Goddess Anahita half-standing beneath a canopy, holding wreath above altar and a long scepter. Uncertain mint (Harid or Kabul?). Cribb SI 19, #16var. (Bactrian issues); Mitchiner ACW 1264-1265 var.; Gobl Kushan 1028var.
These extremely rare and beautiful coins are rarely offered for sale, I could locate only a single specimen offered for sale in the recent years. This coin is probably one of the nicest coins of this type in existence.

Antonio Protti
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Ardashir I Kushanshah (ca.230-250 AD), Kushano-Sassanians (Kushanshahs) 51 viewsVery rare and superb bronze drachm (without a letter in front of bust) of Ardashir I Kushanshah (ca.230-250 AD), Kushano-Sassanians (Kushanshahs)
Size: 17mm, 2.6grams, bronze.
Notes: Bust of Ardashir facing right, wearing a long earring, double cornucopea behind bust, without a Brahmi letter in front of bust, Pahlavi legend MaZDISN BaGI ARTaHShaTR RaBI KUShAN spread on the obverse and the reverse / Goddess Anahita half-standing beneath a canopy, holding wreath above altar and a long scepter. Uncertain mint (Harid or Kabul?). Cribb SI 19, #16var. (Bactrian issues); Mitchiner ACW 1264-1265 var.; Gobl Kushan 1028var.
These extremely rare and beautiful coins are rarely offered for sale, I could locate only a single specimen offered for sale in the recent years. This coin is probably one of the nicest coins of this type in existence.


1 commentsAntonivs Protti
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ÁTICA - ATENAS29 viewsAR Tetradracma 23 mm 16.99 gr.

Anv: Cabeza de Atenas vistiendo Casco coronado, crestado y ornamentado con tres hojas de oliva y detalles florales.
Rev: "A Θ E" – Búho parado a derecha, su cabeza viendo al frente. Una rama de olivo y medialuna detrás.
Según el catálogo "Imperial Persian Coinage" de G.F. Hill editado en 1919, el resello/contramarca/marca de Banquero que aparece en esta moneda, se encuentra individualizada con el numero 45ff, según el Autor se trataría de una creciente (hay seis tipos diferentes) y posiblemente realizada en la región indo-bactriana.

Acuñación: 431 - 413 A.C.
Ceca: Atenas - Ática

Referencias: Sear GCTV Vol.I #2526 Pag.236 – BMC Vol.11 (Attica, Megaris, Aegira) #67/71 Pag.7 – SNG Copenhagen #31 - Kroll #8 - SNG VIII Hart #774/7 - Headlam #360/1
1 commentsmdelvalle
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Bactria32 viewsBactria, Menander 165-130 BC, Drachm
Bactria, Menander 165-130 BC, Drachm, 2.46g: Obv: Helmeted head of Menander right "BASILEWS SWTHPOS MENANDPOY" Rev: Athena left brandishing a spear and shield. Monogram to left.. Bop 16E.
Ex Aegean Numismatics auction, 5/11/17
2 commentsSosius
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Bactria, Eukratides, Obol. 170-145 B.C. Eukratides/ Caps of the Dioskouroi28 viewsBactria, Eucratides, Obol. 170-145 B.C. 0.45g. Obv: Diademed bust of Eucratides r. Rev: Caps of the Dioskouroi. Fine or a bit better; rough and corroded. Bop-3. Ex H.J.Berk
-The rev legend is a bit of a mystery as all the other specimens online have from top down on the left side EYKRATIDOY and on the right side BASILEWS and this coin clearly has from down top BASIL(EWS) on the left side and the rest of legend mostly off flan.
Podiceps
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Bactria, Graeco-Baktrian Kings, Demetrios, Æ29, ca. 200-185 BC.89 viewsBactria, Graeco-Baktrian Kings, Demetrios,
Æ29, Hemi-obol / Triple Unit / Trichalkon (28-29 mm / 12.41 g), ca. 200-185 BC.,
Obv.: Head of elephant slightly right with raised trunk, wearing bell.
Rev.: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY, either side of large caduceus (with serpent heads at the upper ends), monogram ΔPI... in field to left.
SNG ANS 209-11 ; Bopearachchi Série 5C ; MIG 108a ; cf. Sear GC 7533 .

my ancient coin database
3 commentsArminius
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Bactria, Hermaeus, 40-0 B.C., Drachm11 viewsBactria, Hermaeus, 40-0 B.C., Drachm, 2.12g. Bop-Serie 17B. EF; a bit rough. Ex H.J.BerkPodiceps
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BACTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom - Hermaios38 viewsBACTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom - Hermaios Circa 105-90 BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 2.37 g, 12h). Diademed and draped bust right / Zeus seated slightly left, holding scepter; monogram to left. *NOTE: My dates DO NOT agree with most sources, etc. I am following the new chronology.dpaul7
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Bactria, Kingdom of Kushans, Kanishka I, Göbl 766 cf.56 viewsKanishka I, AD 127-151
AE 22
obv. BACILEVC BACI - LEWN KANHiKOV (i should be read like sh as in Kushan)
Kanishka, bearded, wearing heavy Kushan cloak and trousers, long boots and
high hat, stg. facing, holding standard in l. hand and sacrificing with r. hand
over altar; from his shoulders emanating flames; club at feet r.(?)
rev. HLIOC
Helios, nimbate, stg. l., r. had hand raised in salvation gestus (Greek style)
left before monogram (tamgha) of Kanishka
cf. Göbl 766 (has HILOC in legend)
rare, good F/VF

Kanishka I was a very important ruler in South-East-Asia. While in his early years he was an adherent of syncretistic religions he later established Buddhism in his empire and became a crucial founder.
This type belongs to Kanishka's earlier years, because the legends are Greek. Later issues have legends in Kushan. Tamgha first was a brand for cattle, later it became a symbol for the nomadic clans too.
Jochen
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Bactria. Menander I Soter (ca. 155-130 BC). AR Indic drachm (17mm, 1h)9 viewsINDO-GREEK KINGDOMS. Bactria. Menander I Soter (ca. 155-130 BC). AR Indic drachm (17mm, 1h). NGC XF, brushed. Uncertain mint in the Paropamisadai or Gandhara. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ / MENANΔPOY, diademed, heroically nude bust of Menander left, seen from behind, aegis over left shoulder, hurling javelin with right hand / Maharajasa tratasara Menamdrasa (Kharosthi), Athena standing facing, head right, aegis on extended left arm, brandishing thunderbolt with right hand; monogram in left field. HGC 12, 188. Bopearachchi 6c.1 commentsMark R1
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Bactria; Antialkidas Drachm; Zeus Nikephoros seated, elephant forepart27 viewsAntialkidas, ca.130-120 B.C. Indo-Greeks of Bactria. AR Drachm. 17mm,2.00g. BASILEWS NIKHFOROU ATIALKIDOU, Diademed and draped bust right, wearing kausia / Kharoshti inscription: Maharajasa jayadharasa Amtialkidasaeus, Zeus Nikephoros seated facing slightly left; to left, forepart of elephant left; monogram below throne. Bopearachchi Série 13B; SNG ANS 1098-103.Podiceps
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Bactria; Apollodotus II Drachm; Bannu Mint. Pallas26 viewsBactria; Apollodotus II, ca. 110-80 B.C. AR Drachm. Bannu mint. Diademed bust right/ Athena Alkidemos walking left. MA 2069. Podiceps
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Bactrian and Indo-Scythian Kingdoms, Apollodotos II (c.80-65 BC`13 views Obv. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ KAI ΦIΛOΠATOPOΣ / AΠOΛΛOΔOTOY
Diademed, draped bust right
Rev. Kharoshthi script (Maharajasa tratarasa / Apaladatasa)
Athena Alkidemos standing left, wearing aegis, seen from behind, shield on outstretched left arm, hurling thunderbolt with right hand
Tau-rho monogram in left fieldm
Skyler
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Bactrian Kingdom, Apollodotos I, 174 - 160 B.C.75 viewsSilver square drachm; (Bop.4a, Mitchner 207f, SNG ANS 303); 165 -160 B.C. Weight 2.3 g., Max side measurment 16.57 mm., Obv. ΣΩTHPOΣ AΠOΛΛOΔOTOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ around, Elephant stg. r., AV monogram below; Rev. Karosthi legend around, Zebu bull stg. r., A below;. Toned with light encrustation. 4 commentsSteve E
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Bactrian/Indo Greek - Apollodotus I (180-160 BCE or 174-165 BCE)14 viewsSize/Metal: AE24; Weight: 8.4 grams; Mint: Taxila; Denomination: Hemiobol; Date: 180-165 BCE; Obverse: Naked Apollo radiate standing facing holding arrow and resting on bow; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΠΟΛΛΟΔΟΤΟY ΣΩΤHPOΣ (of King Apollodotos Savior). Reverse: Tripod on stand in dotted square, border outside in Kharoshthi script - Maharajas Apaladasta Iradasa (of King Apollodotos Savior). References: Sear #7594; Mitchiner #2084?museumguy
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Bactrian/Indo Greek - Hermaios (90-70 BCE) - Posthumous AD 20-4013 viewsSize/Metal: AE25; Weight: 8.86 grams; Mint: Uncertain Mint in the Paropamisadai or Gandhara Region; Denomination: Tetradrachm; Date: 20-40 AD (Posthumous); Obverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ EΡMAIOΥ ΣΩTHΡOΣ (King Hermaios the Savior). Diademed draped bust right. Reverse: Zeus enthroned facing 3/4 left with right hand raised making benediction gesture and holding scepter. Monogram to left and Kharoshthi letter to right - in Kharoshthi, Maharajasa tratarasa Heramayasa (of Great King Hermaios the Savior). References: Bopearachchi #20; Mitchiner #236, Hoover #308.museumguy
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Bactrian/Indo Greek - Hermaios (90-70 BCE) - Posthumous AD 20-4012 viewsSize/Metal: AE23; Weight: 9.42 grams; Mint: Uncertain Mint in Eastern Gandhara; Denomination: Tetradrachm; Date: 20-40 AD (Posthumous); Obverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ SOTHROS/ERMAIOY (of Great King Hermaios the Savior). Diademed draped bust right. In Kharoshthi (Maharajasa tratarasa Heramayasa). Reverse: Zeus enthroned facing 3/4 left, making benediction gesture and holding scepter - monogram to left and Kharoshthi letter to right. References: Bopearachchi #20; Mitchiner MACW #2041, Hoover #308.museumguy
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Bactrian/Indo Greek - Menander Soter (155-130 BCE)17 viewsSize/Metal: AR16; Weight: 2.31 grams; Mint: Unknown; Denomination: Drachm; Date: 155-130 BCE; Obverse: Diademed bust of king right, Greek legend around: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ // MENANΔPOY Reverse: Athena Alkidemos standing left, holding shield on outstretched left arm, hurling thunderbolt with right hand, monogram at right, Kharoshthi legend around: maharajasa tratarasa // menamdrasa,. References: MIG 215f; Bop 130; SNG ANS 808-820.museumguy
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Bactrian/Indo Greek - Menander Soter (155-130 BCE)13 viewsSize/Metal: AR16; Weight: 2.29 grams; Mint: Unknown; Denomination: Drachm; Date: 155-130 BCE; Obverse: Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, wearing crested helmet covered with pelt of scales and adorned with head of wing. Legend surrounds: (Greek: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ (BASILEOS SOTEROS MENANDROU). Reverse: Athena Alkidemos advancing left; shield decorated with aegis over left arm, hurling thunderbolt; monogram to right. Kharoshthi legend: MAHARAJA TRATARASA MENADRASA. References: Bopearachchi 16E; HGC #12, 193; SNG ANS 868-73; Sear GC #7597 (different monogram); Mitchiner #217f.museumguy
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Bactrian/Indo Greek - Menander Soter (155-130 BCE)21 viewsSize/Metal: AR17; Weight: 2.48 grams; Mint: Taxila; Denomination: Drachm; Date: 155-130 BCE; Obverse: Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, wearing crested helmet covered with pelt of scales and adorned with head of wing. Legend surrounds: (Greek: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ (BASILEOS SOTEROS MENANDROU). Reverse: Athena Alkidemos advancing left; shield decorated with aegis over left arm, hurling thunderbolt; monogram to right. Kharoshthi legend: MAHARAJA TRATARASA MENADRASA. References: Bopearachchi 161; HGC #12, 193; SNG ANS 879-92; Sear GC #7597 (different monogram).museumguy
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Baktria - AR didrachm16 viewsuncertain mint in Oxus region
295/3-285/3 BC
head of Athena right, wearing earring, necklace and crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor and spiral palmette on the bowl wire necklace, round earring
monogram
owl standing right, grape bunch over tail; prow above
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Roma XIV, 331; Bopearachchi, Sophytes Series 1A; SNG ANS 6; N&A 43-45
ex Roma

From the 1960s Andragoras-Sophytes Group, present in Germany in 1975, subsequently exported to the USA.
Johny SYSEL
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Baktrian Kingdom, Agathokles I, ca. 185-170 BC, Copper-Nickel Dichalkon 15 viewsHead of Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath, thyrsos over left shoulder
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΓAΘOKΛEOYΣ (of King Agathokles) Panther standing right with bell around neck, touching vine with raised paw, monogram ΦI to left

HGC 12, 94; Bopearachchi Series 5B; SNG ANS 9, 236; Mitchiner 147b (this coin illustrated); Sear GCV 7557 var.

(21 mm, 8.8 g, 12h).
Ancient Numismatic Enterprise; ex Duplicates of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Agathokles, Euthydemos II, and Pantaleon minted copper-nickel coins in the period ca. 185-170 BC, the first such alloy coins to be produced. Nickel was not used again in coin production until the 19th century. The nickel content in these coins is variable in the range 7.5% to 20.2%. It is probable that locally available, rich deposits of copper-nickel ore were mined and smelted to produce the coinage. The short period of time in which such coins were minted suggests that the source of nickel rich copper was rapidly depleted. The silver appearance of the coinage probably enhanced its perceived value at a time when the Euthydemid Dynasty was struggling for survival against the usurper Eukratides. It may have even been considered a substitute for silver at a time when the latter was in short supply due to the conflict with Eukratides.
n.igma
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Baktrian Kingdom, Agathokles I, ca. 185-170 BC, Æ Square Unit 14 viewsFemale Hindu deity Laksmi advancing left holding lotus, Rajane Agathukleyasa in Kharoshthi script.
BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΓAΘOKΛEOYΣ Lioness standing right, Greek inscription above and below.

SNG ANS 9, 246; Mitchiner 152; HGC 12, 98; Sear GCV 7558.

(18 x 19.5 mm, 11.6 g, 12h).
Ancient Imports.

This and the following Æ Square Unit of Pantaleon are amongst the first of the bilingual coins issued by the Graeco-Bactrian rulers south of the Hindu Kush.
n.igma
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Baktrian Kingdom, Antimachos I, ca. 175-165 BC, AR Drachm29 viewsDiademed head of Antimachos right wearing kausia.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΘEOY ANTIMAXOY (of King Antimachos a God) Poseidon standing facing, holding trident and palm branch, KP monogram in lower right field.

Bopearachchi Series 2A; SNG ANS 9, 279; Mitchiner 124b; HGC 12; 109; Sear GCV 7545.

(19 mm, 4.2 g, 12h).
Freeman & Sear Mail Bid Auction 13, Aug. 2006, 278; from the F. Martin Post Collection.
1 commentsn.igma
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Baktrian Kingdom, Antimachos, AR Drachm62 viewsKaroshi legend around king on horseback.
BASILEWS NIKHFOROU ANTIMACOU
Nike advancing left with wreath and palm, mongram in left field.
SG 7546, 171-160 BC.
Early bilingual coin, with different languages on obverse and reverse.

whitetd49
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Baktrian Kingdom, Apollodotos I, ca. 175-165 BC Æ Quadruple Unit27 viewsΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΠΟΛΛΟΔΟΤΟY ΣΩΤHPOΣ (of King Apollodotos Savior) Apollo standing facing holding bow and arrow.
Tripod on stand in dotted square border outside which Maharajas Apaladasta Iradasa (of King Apollodotos Savior) in Kharoshthi script (reverse image in photo above is inverted).

Mitchiner 209a; Bopearachchi 6A; SNG ANS 9, 346; HGC 12, 41; Sear GCV 7594.

(22 x 21 mm, 12h).
CNG e-Auction 162, 11 Apr. 2007, 134.

Apollodotos was a contemporary of the later Euthydemid rulers, Agathokles, Pantaleon and Antimachos. His Greek coinage is rare with only less than a dozen portrait tetradrachm specimens known. Almost all of his coinage adhered to south Indian traditions, with bi-lingual Greek and Kharoshthi legends and non-portrait types struck on square flans, either elephant and bull on his silver, or Apollo and tripod on the bronze. From this coinage, which comprises the only evidence for his reign, it appears that Apollodotos administered his territories south of the Hindu Kush. The imagery on Apollodotos’ coins breaks with the tradition of the Euthydemid dynasty, portraying seated Athena on the tetradrachms (in the style of the reverse of Lysimachos coinage) and a standing Apollo on AE issues, reminiscent of the Seleukid coinage. Eukratides may have retained him as a provincial ruler through the struggle for power.
1 commentsn.igma
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Baktrian Kingdom, Diodotos I, ca. 255/250-240 BC, AR Tetradrachm 27 viewsDiademed head of the Diodotos I right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY (of King Antiochos). Zeus striding left, hurling thunderbolt in right hand, aegis over extended left arm; eagle standing in lower inner left, monogram in left field above eagle.

SC 628 (b); Holt A2 (Holt A2 example 2 = this coin); Bopearachchi 2E; Mitchiner 64c; Kritt, Dynastic Transitions Type A2 (Plate 1, page 19); HGC 9, 243. Mint “A”- Ai Khanoum ca. 255-250 BC.

(29 mm, 16.92 g, 6h).
Eukratides Ancient Numismatics: ex- William K. Raymond Collection; ex- Kovacs (1997)

The Kingdom of Baktria was created from the Seleukid province of Bactro-Sogdiana when the satrap Diodotos I began to act independently of the Seleukid king, Antiochos II around 256 BC. The first step towards independence came with the issue of coinage depicting Diodotos I, rather than the Seleukid king, Antiochos II. On their reverse the coins bear the image of a striding Zeus, rather than the Seleukid patron god Apollo. Yet the coinage maintains the legend ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY indicating nominal servitude to the Seleukid king. This legend remained unchanged despite the accession to the throne of Seleukos III in 246 BC. In effect, this denies any allegiance to the latter king, while at the same time attesting to the legitimacy of Diodotos’ claim to the throne via his initial appointment under Antiochos II. Following the death of Diodotos I around 240 BC his son, Diodotos II, adopted the title of king, altering the legend of the coinage to that of ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔIOΔITOY, an unequivocal statement of independence.
1 commentsn.igma
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Baktrian Kingdom, Diodotos II, ca. 240-230 BC, AR Tetradrachm 12 viewsPosthumous diademed idealised head of Diodotos I right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔIOΔITOY (of King Diodotos). Zeus striding left, hurling thunderbolt in right hand, aegis over extended left arm; eagle standing at his feet.

Holt B2 (Holt B2 example 3 = this coin); Kritt B2; Bopearachchi 6A; SNG ANS 9, 87; Qunduz 8; HGC 12, 21. Struck ca. 230 BC at Mint "B" - Baktra.

(25 mm, 16.42 g, 6h).
CNG 778209; ex -CNG e-Auction 124, October 2005, 139 (incorrectly attributed as Holt B1); ex- Munz und Medaillen Fixed Price List 332 (1972).

The coin was struck shortly before Euthydemos overthrew Diodotos II. The idealised posthumous image of Diodotos I on the obverse was a statement of the legitimacy of the right of Diodotos II to the throne of Baktria, as the lineal successor to Diodotos I. This B2 issue is distinguished from the preceding B1 type by the absence of a wreath beneath the extended arm of Zeus on the reverse. Holt suggested that the removal of the wreath from coinage followed Diodotos II’s treaty with the Parthians. The wreath is believed to have been instituted as a celebration of Diodotos I victory over Arsaces in the previous decade and thus potentially perceived as an insult to the Parthians on consummation of the treaty.
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Baktrian Kingdom, Diodotos II, ca. 240-230 BC, Æ Double Unit5 viewsHead of Hermes right, wearing petasos.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔIOΔITOY (of King Diodotos). Athena facing, spear in right hand, shield in left.

HGC 12, 25; Bopearachchi Serie 12A; SNG ANS 9, 102; Mitchiner 79a; Holt H1; Kritt H1; Sear 7505. Ai Khanoum mint.

(20 mm, 7.12 g, 6h).
CNG eAuction 158, 14 Feb. 2007, 63.
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Baktrian Kingdom, Diodotos II, ca. 240-230 BC, Æ Double Unit 13 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔIOΔITOY Artemis right holding transverse torch; star to right.

HGC 12, 27; SNG ANS 9, 96; Mitchiner 82; Holt Ι2; Kritt Ι2; Sear GCV 7504 var. (hound at Artemis feet). Ai Khanoum mint.

(22 mm, 9.6 g, 6h).
Sayles & Lavender.

Artemis depicted on the reverse of this coin was the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the Moon. A huntress with legendary skills in archery, she brought fertility to the land and special protection to women in childbirth. The historian Frank Holt wrote ‘A better patron goddess for a city such as Ai Khanoum could not have been found. It may only be coincidence, but the choice of Artemis as one female type for this city has a faint echo down through the ages. The ancient Greek name of the polis has vanished from history, but its current appellation derives from Turko-Uzbek and means “Lady Moon”. Local legends offer several explanations and identify various important women as the eponymous hero of the site. For example, local village women still bring votive offerings to a “Lady Moon”, protector of mothers and infants. Another “Lady Moon” was associated with irrigation canals and yet another with control over the rivers that flowed by the walls of the city. Such “modern” folktales reverberate with ancient echoes of Artemis/Anahita, goddess of the moon, mistress of the fertilizing waters, and guardian of women in childbirth.’
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Baktrian Kingdom, Eukratides I, ca. 171-145 BC, AR Tetradrachm 33 viewsΒΑΣΙΛΕYΣ MEΓAΣ EYKPATIΔHΣ Diademed and draped bust of a mature Eukratides right, wearing a crested helmet decorated with ear and horn of a bull.
HΛIOKΛIOΣ KAI ΛAOΔIKHΣ Co-joined busts facing right of Eukratides parents, Heliokles and Laodike, ΦΛΩ monogram to left.

Bopearachchi Series 15 A; SNG ANS 526-527; Mitchiner 182a; Qunduz 245-246; HGC 12, 133; Sear 7572.

(30 mm, 16.16 g, 12h).

Gorny & Mosch Giessener Munzhandlung Auction 126, October 2003, 1534.
The distinctive reddish black remnant patina of this coin is a characteristic of the silver coins from the Mir Zakah deposit. It is probably from this, the largest hoard of coins ever found, that the coin is derived.

This issue may have been inspired by the earlier “pedigree” coinage of Agathokles and Pantaleon, but equally likely given the many apparent anomalies associated with the issue, is that it was issued by the parents of Eukratides as statement of their position and prestige in Baktrian society. Heliokles’ bare head indicates that he was not a king, whereas the diadem on Laodike’s head suggests that she was of royal blood. Tarn identified her as a Seleukid princess, daughter of Seleukos II and sister of Antiochus III. On the other hand, Hollis in Laodike Mother of Eucratides of Baktria makes a plausible case that Laodike was the daughter of Antiochos III. Hollis argues that Eukratides was in this way connected to the Seleukid royal family and was perhaps facilitated by the latter in his endeavor to seize the Baktrian throne.

This coinage has a number of curious characteristics. The legend on this coin names Eukratides is in the nominative case, so that it serves to label his portrait rather than to identify him as the issuing authority of the coinage. The legend naming his parents, on the other hand, is in the genitive, normally used to indicate a filial relationship an argument supported by Hollis. However, it could also imply that Heliokles and Laodike had authorized the coinage. Both sides of the coin have defined filleted borders, unique in the coinage of Eukratides. All other issues bear only an obverse border around the image of the king. The fabric of these coins indicates that Heliokles and Laodike occupy the obverse, anvil struck side of the coin. Nevertheless, they are most frequently described in the opposite manner, in accord with the convention that the ruler occupies the obverse side of the coin.
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Baktrian Kingdom, Euthydemos I, ca. 230-200 BC, AR Tetradrachm 21 viewsDiademed head of an elderly Euthydemos right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ EYΘYΔHMOY Herakles seated left on rock, resting club on thigh, PK monogram in inner right field.

SNG ANS 9, 141-142; Kritt B17; Mitchiner 94a; Qunduz 19-20; HGC 12, 43; Sear GCV 7516.
Mint “B” – Baktra ca. 206-200 BC.

(26 mm, 15.92 g, 12h).
Realms Ancient Coins; ex- CNG.

The coinage portraits of Euthydemos range from youthful to elderly, reflecting the thirty year duration of his reign, which is inferred to have ended as early as 200 BC by recent workers (Kritt), or as late as 190 BC by earlier workers (Mitchiner). This portrayal probably represents the king in his sixties or seventies, after the invasion of Baktria by Antiochos III. The late life portrayal of Euthydemos is considered to be amongst the finest Hellenistic numismatic art. It shows a world weary, perhaps dissolute figure, for who the exercise of power has become as much a burden as a benefit. The Euthydemos series extending from youth to late life is almost unique in it’s true to life representation of the physical process of aging; the vitality and optimism of youth gradually replaced by the weariness of age, all captured in the progression of the portraits of Euthydemos.
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Baktrian Kingdom, Euthydemos I, ca. 230-200 BC, AR Tetradrachm 14 viewsDiademed head of the mature Euthydemos right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ EYΘYΔHMOY (of King Euthydemos). Herakles seated left on rock, resting club on pile of rocks, monogram in inner right field. Die shift in lower field with some minor scratches.

Bopearachchi Series 5B; SNG ANS 9, 131; Kritt A14; Mitchiner 85c; Qunduz12-14; HGC 12, 40; Sear 7514.
Mint “A” - Ai Khanoum ca. 215-208 BC.

(29 mm, 16.96 g, 12h).
Pars Coins.

This depiction of Euthydemos on the obverse of this coin has a portrait quality. It probably closely approximates the features of the ruler in middle age.
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Baktrian Kingdom, Euthydemos I, ca. 230-200 BC, AR Tetradrachm 21 viewsDiademed head of a relatively youthful Euthydemos right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ EYΘYΔHMOY Herakles seated left on rock, resting club on pile of rocks, monogram in inner right field, letter A in exergue.

Bopearachchi Series 5C; SNG ANS 9, 137 (same reverse die); Kritt, A8; HGC 12, 40.
Mint “A” - Ai Khanoum ca. 225-220/215 BC.

(29 mm, 16.7 g, 12h).
CNG 782054; ex- Semon Lipcer Coll.; ex- CNG 63, May 2003, 923.
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Baktrian Kingdom, Euthydemos I, ca. 230-200 BC, AR Tetradrachm 15 viewsDiademed youthful head right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ EYΘYΔHMOY (of King Euthydemos). Herakles seated left on rocks, holding club set on rocks; monogram lower right field.

Kritt A1; Bopearachchi 5B; SNG ANS 9,125; HGC 12, 40; Mitchiner 85c; Qunduz 10-11.
Mint “A” - Ai Khanoum ca. 230 BC.

(28 mm, 16.38 g, 6h).
CNG eAuction 170, 8 Aug. 2007, 138.

Euthydemos I overthrew Diodotos II around 230 BC. This coin is amongst the first issued by Euthydemos. The inverted die axes convention with which it was struck is a characteristic of Mint “A” (Ai Khanoum) in the preceding Diodotid era. This was changed to parallel die axes convention in the early years of the reign of Euthydemos. Late in Euthydemos reign, Antiochos III the Great, sought to reimpose Seleukid authority over Baktria. Euthydemos withstood a two year siege by Antiochos at the fortress city of Baktra in 208-206 BC at the conclusion of which Antiochos was forced to recognize an independent Baktria. Demetrios, the son of Euthydemos, succeeded the latter around 200 BC and extended the kingdom south into the Kabul Valley and northwest Pakistan. However, the Euthydemid dynasty was destroyed by Eukratides I who progressively deposed the successors of Demetrios I.

The reverse image of a “weary Herakles” on the Euthydemos series of tetradrachms is noteworthy for its antecedents in the Lydian issues of Antiochus II. The ancient historian Polybius noted that Euthydemos came from Magnesia. However, which of three possible cities or regions called Magnesia remains uncertain. Based on the similarity of the reverse image of Euthydemos’ silver coins with those of the Lydian types, it is inferred that he may have come from Magnesia ad Sipylum in Lydia where he could have been exposed to the” weary Herakles” issues prior to his migration to Baktria. Such being the case, Euthydemos could not have been born much later than 270 BC, in which case he would have been in his seventies at the time of his death. The aged portrait on the last of his coinage tends to confirm this inference.
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Baktrian Kingdom, Euthydemos I, ca. 230-200 BC, Æ Dichalkon 20 viewsHead of Heracles right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ EYΘYΔHMOY above and below horse prancing right.

SNG ANS 9, 146-165; Kritt AK-1; Mitchiner 87; HGC 12, 53.
Ai Khanoum 225-208/6 BC.

(24 mm, ca. 8 g, 6h).

The fabric of this coin, characterized by its thick flan and beveled obverse edge, plus the 6 o’clock die axis, indicate that it is a product of the mint at Ai Khanoum. This coin type was the most abundant in the Ai Khanoum excavations with 48 examples recorded. The issue preceded the invasion of Baktria and the capture of Ai Khanoum by Antiochos III in 208-206 BC. Subsequent Euthydemid bronze coinage was restricted to the mint at Baktra/Balkh, typified by a coin fabric consisting of a thin flan.
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Baktrian Kingdom, Pantaleon I, ca. 185-180 BC, Æ Square Unit 24 viewsFemale Hindu deity Laksmi advancing left holding lotus, Rajane Patalevasa in Kharoshthi script.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠANTAΛEONT[OYΣ] Lioness standing right

SNG ANS 9, 265; Mitchiner 161; HGC 12, 105; Sear GCV 7564. Pushkalavati mint.

(22 x19 mm, 11.25 g, 12h).
Numismatic Fine Arts Dec. 1982, 254; ex-Superior Jun. 1978, 2387; ex- Bolender, Oct. 1946.

Pantaleon is inferred to have been a brother of Euthydemos II and Agathokles. Based on the numismatic evidence, he appears to have reigned for a brief period in co-regency with his other brother Agathokles and possibly his uncle Antimachos, following the death of Euthydemos II. His coinage is the rarest of the of the Euthydemid rulers, suggesting that he was quickly dispatched by the usurper Eukratides.
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Baktrian Kingdom: Antialkidas, 145 - 135 BC26 viewsObv: Draped bust of Zeus facing right, thunderbolt over his left shoulder; BAΣIΛEΩΣ behind, NIKHΦOPOY above, ANTIAΛKIΔOY before.

Rev: Two palm branches between the caps of the Dioscuri; Karosthi legend around, monogram beneath, Σ in lower field.

Square Æ 18, Unknown mint, c. 145 - 135 BC

8.46 grams, 18.32 mm, 0°

GCV 7633, SNG ANS 1119-27
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Arabia Petraea, Bostra,
Trajan 98-117 CE AR Drachm
Obv: ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙC ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝω ΑΡΙCΤω CΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΔΑΚ
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤΟ S
Bactrian camel walking left.
18mm. 3.27gm. axis: 180
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ELEPHANT RIDER. FIRE GOD. KUSHAN21 viewsELEPHANT RIDER. KUSHAN EMPIRE. KING HUVISKA. BACTRIAN

Elephant Rider
Bactrian Legend, Kushan Empire
King Huviska 126 to 164 A.D.

Rev:

Athsho - The Fire God
Four Pronged Tamgha - In Left Field

Copper Tetradrachm = four Drachms
Reference: Similar Mitchner ACW 3289
see this link:
http://www.grifterrec.com/coins/kushan/kushan5.html
Large Heavy Copper Module
weight: 15.1 Grams; Size: 24 MM
Condition: Looks Very Good
2599
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ELEPHANT RIDER. FIRE GOD. KUSHAN.72 viewsELEPHANT RIDER. KUSHAN EMPIRE. KING HUVISKA. BACTRIAN

Elephant Rider
Bactrian Legend, Kushan Empire
King Huviska 126 to 164 A.D.

Rev:

Athsho - The Fire God
Four Pronged Tamgha - In Left Field

Copper Tetradrachm = four Drachms
Reference: Similar Mitchner ACW 3289
see this link:
http://www.grifterrec.com/coins/kushan/kushan5.html
Large Heavy Copper Module
weight: 15.1 Grams; Size: 24 MM
Condition: Looks Very Good
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Eukratides I, Obol, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΥΚΡΑΤΙΔ(_)8 viewsAR Obol
Bactrian Kingdom
Eukratides I
King: 170 - 145BC
11.0mm 0.64gr
O: NO LEGEND; Diademed bust of Eukratides I right, wearing horned Boiotian helmet.
R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΥΚΡΑΤΙΔ(_); Piloi (caps of the Dioskouroi) and palm branches.
Exergue: Monogram, below.
MIG 181a; Bopearachchi Series 9c.1.
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Greek - Bactrian - Menander I Soter (155-130 BCE)1 viewsMetal/Size: AR17; Weight: 2.28 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Unknown; Date: 155-130 BCE; Obverse: Diademed and draped bust right - BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ MENANΔPOY (Of King Menander the Savior) around. Reverse: Athena Alkidemos standing left; monogram to right. References: Bopearachchi Series 13B; SNG ANS #774-81.museumguy
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GREEK, Baktria, Azes II, Drachm16 viewsMoneda bilingüe de 15 mm y 2,42 g acuñada en tiempos del soberano indoescita Azes II (entre el 35 a.C. y el 5 d.C.), en Bactria.
Anverso: Azes II a caballo, levantando su mano y sosteniendo un látigo. Leyendas en griego BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΙΛEΩN MEΓAΛXOY AZOY (Gran Rey Azes).
Reverso: Atenea con lanza y Nike alada, rodeada por las leyendas Maharajasa rajadirajasa mahatasa Ayasa escritas en jaroshti, que indican lo mismo del anverso. Con monogramas en el campo.

Bilingual coin measuring 15 mm and weighing 2.42 gms minted by King Azes II in Bactria between 35 B.C. and 5 A.D.
Obverse: Azes II on horseback, raising his hand and holding a whip. Legends in Greek BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΙΛEΩN MEΛAΛXOY AZOY (Great King Azes).
Reverse: Athena holding spear and Nike, surrounded by legends written in jaroshti, which mean the same as those on the obverse. Monograms in the field.

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GREEK, Baktria, Sophytes, 305-295 BC, AR Hemidrachm - Nicolet-Pierre and Amandry, RN (1994), 62 (this coin)217 viewsHelmeted head of Athena right.
Eagle standing left, head right, grape bunch and leaf on vine above.
Nicolet-Pierre and Amandry, RN (1994), 62 (this coin); SNG ANS 17-18.
(11 mm, 1.60 g, 6h)
Jean Elsen et Ses Fils (January 2010); ex Gorny 148 (1990) Lot 614; ex-1990 Afghanistan Commerce Hoard

This coin was one of a group of sixty five pseudo-Athenian Baktrian coins that came to market in Paris in 1990, documented by Nicolet-Pierre and Amandry in Un Nouveau Tresor de Monnaies D’argent Pseudo-Atheniennes Venu D’Afghanistan (1990). The 1990 Afghanistan Commerce Hoard increased by at least three fold the number of known examples of this coinage. Together with the associated discoveries of attic weight Sophytes issues, this proved decisive in linking the anepigraphic pseudo-Athenian issues to the later epigraphic issues of Sophytes. This coin is number 62 of the catalogue of Nicolet-Pierre and Amandry. It is amongst the finest hemidrachms of the eagle series known.
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GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Agathokles I, ca. 175-165 BC, AR Drachm - Bopearachchi Series 2B225 viewsDiademed head of Agathokles right. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΓAΘOKΛEOYΣ Zeus standing facing holding sceptre and figure of Hekate bearing two torches; ΦΛΩ monogram in lower left field
Bopearachchi Series 2B; Mitchiner 138a; MACW 1680-1681; Sear 7555.
(21 mm, 4.2 g, 12h)
ex-CNG Triton IX (9 January 2006) Lot 1117.
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GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Antimachos I, ca. 175-170 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 1E679 viewsDiademed 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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GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Demetrios I, ca. 195-175 BC AE Trichalkon - Bopearachchi Series 5E450 viewsElephant head right, bell around neck / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY Caduceus, ΦΛΩ monogram to inner left
Bopearachchi Series 5E; SNG ANS 209-11; Mitchiner 108b; Sear 7533.
(25 mm, 12.28 g, 12h)
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GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Demetrios I, ca. 195-175 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 1C689 viewsDiademed and draped bust of Demetrios right, wearing elephant skin head dress. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY (of King Demetrios). Herakles standing facing, crowning himself, holding club and lion skin; PK monogram to inner left
Bopearachchi Series 1C; SNG ANS 187; Mitchiner 103d; Qunduz 28-33; Sear 7526.
(33 mm,16.68 g, 12h)
ex-CNG

At 33mm diameter this is a big coin, for an undoubtedly big man, despite him scoring only two sentences of mention in the surviving ancient written historical record.
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GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Eukratides Megas - Tetradrachm170 viewsObv: Within a circular bead-and-reel border, Diademed and draped bust right, wearing crested helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear.

Rev: Dioskouroi on rearing horses right, holding palm fronds and spears; monogram in lower right field, Greek semi-circular legend on top "BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY" and at bottom "EYKPATIΔOY" meaning '(of) Great King Eucratides'.

Bopearachchi 6W, SNG ANS 469-471

The helmeted Eucratides tetradrachm is one of the most popular and sought-after coins of the Bactrian series. Certainly it boasts one of the best Hellenistic portrait of all times. Eukratides also minted the largest known Gold Coin of Antiquity, a massive 20 Stater coin weighing 169.2g with a huge flan size of 58mm. Perhaps it was a commemorative victory medal to celebrate Eucratides's conquest of "India," presumably some land south of the Hindu Kush, perhaps Gandhara.
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GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Euthydemos I, ca. 225-200/190 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 10 A184 viewsStylised diademed head of mature Euthydemos right. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ EYΘYΔHMOY Herakles seated left on rock, resting club on knee, PK monogram in inner right field.
Bopearachchi Series 10 A; SNG ANS 138; Kritt B14; Mitchiner 94a; Qunduz 15-18. Baktra/Balkh mint ca. 210-206 BC.
(26 mm, 16.57 g, 12h)

The portrait on this coin is a stylized version of the mature portrait of the king, in which Euthydemos is made to appear more youthful and stronger than the realistic representation on preceding coins. This stylization appears to have been a propaganda response to the challenge posed by the invasion of Baktria by a more youthful Antiochos III in 208-206 BC. This portrayal of the king contrasts starkly with the elderly image that emerged on coinage in the years following the invasion by Antiochos III.
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GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Euthydemos II, ca. 175-170 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 1C220 viewsDiademed and draped bust right. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ EYΘYΔHMOY Herakles standing facing, holding oak wreath, club and lion’s skin; PK monogram to inner left.
Bopearachchi Series 1C; SNG ANS 216; Mitchiner 113d; Qunduz 24-25; Sear 7536.
(32 mm, 16.32 g, 12h)
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GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Menander I, ca. 165/155-130 BC, AR Drachm - Bopearachchi Serie 16E230 viewsΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤHΡΟΣ MENANΔΡΟΥ Helmeted, diademed and draped bust right. / Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa, (a Karoshthi legend ) Athena Alkidemos standing left, holding shield on outstretched arm, while hurling thunderbolt; to right PKA monogram.
Mitchiner 218b; Bopearachchi Serie 16E; SNG ANS 868 - 874; Sear 7601.
(19 mm, 2.46 g, 12h)
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GREEK, India, Antimachos II 160-155 A.C.18 viewsAR Drachm Antimachos II 160-155 A.C.
Weight: 3,10 g
Size: 17 mm
Metal: Silver
Condition: VF/VF
Obv: Nike walking left, holding palm and fillet; monogram left.
Rev: King on horseback right.
Ref: SNG ANS 399ff
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Greek, Kanishka AE 1-unit Goddess NANIA Bactrian series280 viewsKanishka AE 1-unit Goddess NANIA Bactrian seriesadityanoble
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Greek, Seleukos I Nikator (?) on Sophytes Drachm, Baktria228 viewsThe portrait on the obverse of this coin is may be that of Seleukos I Nikator. It appears that Sophytes submitted to Seleukos I during the latter’s eastern anabasis in 306-305 BC and was appointed to the position of Satrap of Baktria. Following the incorporation of Baktria into the Seleukid Empire, the Seleukid administration appears to have sponsored Greek migration into the territory from Asia Minor. The increased demand for coinage would explain the successive emissions of owl, eagle and cock coinage, which culminated in the issue of the epigraphic Sophytes cock emission. The inspiration for the obverse was probably the Hero/Trophy issue of Susa, which commenced ca 301 BC. The frontal profile and features of the portrait on the obverse of Sophytes issues bear a resemblance to the portrait of Seleukos on the later coinage of Philetairos of Pergamon. On allying himself with Seleukos, Philetairos issued coinage bearing the portrait of Seleukos on the obverse the name of Philetairos on a distinctive non-Seleukid reverse. The parallels between the documented circumstances and coinage of Philetairos with the earlier undocumented history and coinage of Sopytes are apparent and suggestive of the circumstances under which Sophytes came to issue coinage bearing his name in Seleukid Baktria.

With growing power and provincial wealth following a decade of Greek immigration to the province, it is possible that Sophytes determined to move on a more independent path and issued coinage in his name, but bearing the image of Seleukos, in anticipation that the latter would pacify any concern that Seleukos may have with the approach. However, the latter strategy appears to have failed and Sophytes rapidly disappears from the scene and numismatic record. This action of Sophytes may have been the trigger for Seleukos to declare Antiochos co-regent and satrap of the eastern provinces. With this appointment, Antiochos was dispatched to Baktria and set about expanding the Seleukid administration and development of the province, including the establishment of Seleukid royal mints at Baktra and Ai Khanoum, commencing around 294 BC.
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Hephthalites: Vasu Deva (early 7th Century) AR Tri-lingual Drachm (Göbl Hunnen Em.244, MACW-1560)47 viewsObverse: Bust of Vasu Deva right in Persian style. Bull head above crown ; tamgha countermark, gold plug countermark. Brahmi legend in field. Cursive Bactrian Greek Legend around.
Reverse: Zoroastrian fire altar and attendants. Pahlavi legend in fields, Cursive Bactrian Greek Legend around.
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Hermaios of Bactria AR Drachm30 viewsOBV: BASILEUS SUTHPOS EPMAIOY; Draped and diademed bust of Hermaios right.
REV: 'Maharaja Tratarasa Hermayasa' in Kharosthi script; Zeus enthroned left and holding sceptre, Monogram in left field.
Silver drachm of Hermaios (90-70 BC) last of the Indo-Greek dynasty.
Bop_17B (Ref. W'winds)
17 mm, 1.7 gm
daverino
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HUNNIC TRIBES, Western Turks, Shahi Tegin (Sri Shahi) (After 679 A.D.)42 viewsBillion Drachm
O: Crowned bust right.
R: Fire altar flanked by attendants.
Uncertain mint in Bactria
28mm
3.2g
Vondrovec [Göbl, Hunnen] Type 236.
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INDIA, Indo-Greek, Apollodotus I Soter, AR Hemidrachm, c.180 - 160 BC16 viewsObverse: Elephant standing right.
Reverse: Humped bull standing right.

Apollodotus was not the first to strike bilingual coins outside Bactria, but he was the first king who ruled in India only, and therefore the founder of the proper Indo-Greek kingdom. He was one of the generals of Demetrius I of Bactria, the Greco-Bactrian king who invaded northwestern India after 180 BC. The coinage of Apollodotus is found mainly in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh and Gujarat, indicating the southern limit of the Indo-Greek expansion in India.
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INDIA, Indo-Greek, Menander I, AE Square quadruple unit, c.165-130 BC. 6 viewsObverse: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Reverse: Shield.

Menander was initially a king of Bactria. After conquering the Punjab he established an empire in South Asia stretching from the Kabul River valley in the west to the Ravi River in the east, and from the Swat River valley in the north to Arachosia (the Helmand Province) in the south. Ancient Indian writers indicate that he launched expeditions into Rajasthan and down the Ganges River Valley as far as Pataliputra (Patna). The Greek geographer Strabo wrote that he "conquered more tribes than Alexander the Great."
Franz-Josef M
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INDIA, Kushan Empire, Kanishka I (c.A.D.127-152), AE Drachm80 views16mm, 2.9 grams.
obv: King standing left beside altar, holding trident. Bactrian legend. Control mark in left field
rev: Shiva standing left, holding trident, monogram in the left field.
Mitchiner ACW 3168; Gobl Kushan 813.

Note: Kanishka was a king of the Kushan Empire in South Asia, in the 2nd century of the common era, famous for his military, political, and spiritual achievements. His capital was in the modern city of Peshawar in Pakistan. A patron of Buddhism, he built many Buddhist monuments, helped found the Gandharan school of sculpture, and encouraged the spread of Buddhism to central Asia.
Jericho
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INDIA, Kushan Empire, Kanishka I (c.A.D.127-152), AE Drachm78 views18mm, 4.2 grams.
obv: King standing left beside altar, holding trident. Bactrian legend. Control mark in left field
rev: Goddess Mao (Moon God in Persian mythology), tamgha, monogram in the left field.
Mitchiner ACW 3161

Note: Kanishka was a king of the Kushan Empire in South Asia, in the 2nd century of the common era, famous for his military, political, and spiritual achievements. His capital was in the modern city of Peshawar in Pakistan. A patron of Buddhism, he built many Buddhist monuments, helped found the Gandharan school of sculpture, and encouraged the spread of Buddhism to central Asia.
Jericho
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INDIA, Kushan-Huviska-MIIPO60 viewsIndia, Kushan Empire, Huviska, ca 152-192 AD, Gold Dinar, 8.02g, MIIPO (Mithra) or Sun God type

Obv: King's bust left emerging from clouds, nimbate, holding sceptre and mace, wearing ornamental conical pointed cap, circular Bactrian legend around: þao nano þao oohþki Koþano (King of Kings, Huvishka the Kushan).

Rev: Mithra standing facing left, radiate, left hand at hip holding sword and granting blessing, Legend at right: MIIPO, Kanishka tamgha at left below right arm.

Very Rare and Unpublished: see Göbl 281 for obverse, Göbl 137.1 for reverse.

Exceptionally fine style, perfectly centred on a large flan, mint state with lustre. Note the King’s fine facial features, clothes and ornaments.
mitresh
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INDIA, Vima Kadphises AE tetradrachm or unit, c. first quarter of 2nd. Century 27 x 23 mm19 viewsKushan Empire, early Bactrian period.
Vima Kadphises AE tetradrachm or unit, c. first quarter of 2nd. Century 27 x 23 mm King standing facing, sacrificing at fire altar at left, club, tamgha and axehead-shafted trident in fields / Greek legend around BACIΛEYC BACIΛEWN CWTHP MEΓAC OOHMO KAΔΦICHC/ Siva standing facing, holding trident and deerskin, bull Nandi right behind, Kharoshti legend: maharajasa rajadirajasa sarvaloga isvarasa mahisvarasa Vima Kathphishasa tratara
Göbl 762, MAC 3008

I'm not sure if this is correct. Help please. Thanks!
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Indo-Greek Kingdom - Menander AE tetrachalkon, 160-130 BC, Taxila39 viewsMenander
Kingdom of Bactria
AE tetrachalkon – 7.31 g., 23x23mm
Taxila, 160-130 BC
helmeted bust of Athena r.
BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ΣΩTHPOΣ / MENANΔPOY
Aegis with Gorgon at center
Maharajasa / tratarasa / Menamdrasa (in Kharoshthi)
MIG 246, Bop 19, SNG ANS 894
Ardatirion
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Indo-Greek Kings of Bactria, Menander24 viewsIndo-Greek Kings of Bactria, Menander, 160-145 BC, Square AE16 (2.76gm), Pushkalavati. Rare.

O: BASILEWS SWTEROS MENANDROU. Head of Pallas r., wearing plumed helmet. R: Karosthi legend. Maharajasa tratarasa Menadrasa. Nike adv. r., holding wreath and palm; Pushkalavati monogram below. Cf. MA 1821-1823 (but dichalkon). VF, glossy dark green patina. G22

ecoli
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Kanishka I - Æ tetradrachm / Unit, Athsho reverse37 viewsObverse:
King standing facing, sacrificing at altar at left, holding sceptre in left hand,
Bactrian legend around: ÞAO KANIÞKI (Shao Kanishki)

Reverse:
God of metals Athsho standing left (not nimbate), holding out diadem, left hand on hip,
Bactrian legend at right: 'AΘÞO' - tamgha at left

Date: c. AD127-150

Weight: 16.43 gm.

Diameter: 25-26 mm.

Die axis: 12 o'clock

Ref: Göbl 772, MAC 3082-84

Notes:
Tad over-cleaned perhaps, but a decent specimen of a scarcer type.
The reverse legend demonstrates one of the extra Bactrian characters that was added to the original Greek alphabet 'Þ' (sh)
Athsho - the eastern equivalent of Hephaistos/Vulcan
Xerxes King of Kings
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Kanishka I AE drachm16 viewsKanishka I. c. 127–150 AD

18mm., 4.6g.

Crowned, diademed king standing facing, holding spear and sacrificing at altar at left, Bactrian legend around: [þAO KA ... NηþKI (King Kanishka)?]

Solar deity Mithra standing left, holding sword hilt and holding out hand in blessing, radiate nimbus around head, Bactrian legend right: [MIþAO?], tamgha at left

References:

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Kanishka I AE Tetradrachm 10 viewsKanishka I. c. 127–150 AD

26mm., 15.67g.

Crowned, diademed king standing facing, holding spear and sacrificing at altar at left, Bactrian legend around: þAO KA ... NηþKI (King Kanishka).

Wind god Oado (Vado) running left, holding up cloak to represent the wind, Bactrian legend right: OAΔO, tamgha at left.

References:

AAIX
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KANISHKA. MAO. Copper Tet. KUSHAN EMPIRE Bactrian 81 viewsKing Kanishka c. 127 to 152 A.D.
(KA)NHPKOY
King Standing, Facing Left, Holding Sceptre, sacrificing over altar
Heavy Kushan Coat, Long Boots
Rev:MAO standing facing left, raising right hand
Four Pronged Tamgha - In Left Field

Copper Tetradrachm = four Drachms
Reference: This Coin is Currently Unlisted
Need more info? see this link:
http://www.coinarchives.com/a/lotviewer.php?LotID=317039&AucID=569&Lot=797
similar style coins fetched up to $705 recently at CNG auction
Large Heavy Copper Module
17.0 Grams; 24 MM; 4 MM thick
Good to Very Fine details
Kushan Empire, Bactrian LegendUS 2400

King Kanishka coinage bears eloquent testimony to his zeal for Buddhism. Lord Shiva and bull, Nandi were commonly portrayed on his gold and copper coins, but the most important numismatic contribution of him is as follows: he was the first ruler (and perhaps only one in ancient world) who minted coins with image of Buddha. The coins depicting Buddha are extremely rare. There exist only 5 gold coins (2 dinars and 3 quarter dinars) in the world having portrait of Buddha. There are some copper coins which show Buddha which are also rare. All these coins have been minted by Kanishka, most likely to commemorate building of great stupa of Purushpur (modern Peshawar, in Pakistan).
Antonio Protti
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KANISHKA. MAO. Copper Tet. KUSHAN EMPIRE Bactrian 29 viewsKing Kanishka c. 127 to 152 A.D.
(KA)NHPKOY
King Standing, Facing Left, Holding Sceptre, sacrificing over altar
Heavy Kushan Coat, Long Boots
Rev:MAO standing facing left, raising right hand
Four Pronged Tamgha - In Left Field

Copper Tetradrachm = four Drachms
Reference: This Coin is Currently Unlisted
Need more info? see this link:
http://www.coinarchives.com/a/lotviewer.php?LotID=317039&AucID=569&Lot=797
similar style coins fetched up to $705 recently at CNG auction
Large Heavy Copper Module
17.0 Grams; 24 MM; 4 MM thick
Good to Very Fine details
Kushan Empire, Bactrian LegendUS 2400

King Kanishka coinage bears eloquent testimony to his zeal for Buddhism. Lord Shiva and bull, Nandi were commonly portrayed on his gold and copper coins, but the most important numismatic contribution of him is as follows: he was the first ruler (and perhaps only one in ancient world) who minted coins with image of Buddha. The coins depicting Buddha are extremely rare. There exist only 5 gold coins (2 dinars and 3 quarter dinars) in the world having portrait of Buddha. There are some copper coins which show Buddha which are also rare. All these coins have been minted by Kanishka, most likely to commemorate building of great stupa of Purushpur (modern Peshawar, in Pakistan).

Antonivs Protti
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KANISHKA. NANA - MOON Head Dress! KUSHAN EMPIRE 134 viewsKing Kanishka the Great c. 127 to 152 A.D.
King Standing, Facing Left, Holding Sceptre, sacrificing over altar
Heavy Kushan Coat, Long Boots
Rev:NANA written in Retro
standing Right, Moon Head Dress
Four Pronged Tamgha - In Right Field

Copper Tetradrachm = four Drachms
Reference: This Coin is Currently Unlisted
Need more info? see this link:
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similar style coins fetched up to $705 recently at CNG auction
Large Heavy Copper Module
15.6 Grams; 26 MM; 4 MM thick
Good to Very Fine details
Kushan Empire, Bactrian Legend 2400
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King Kanishka coinage bears eloquent testimony to his zeal for Buddhism. Lord Shiva and bull, Nandi were commonly portrayed on his gold and copper coins, but the most important numismatic contribution of him is as follows: he was the first ruler (and perhaps only one in ancient world) who minted coins with image of Buddha. The coins depicting Buddha are extremely rare. There exist only 5 gold coins (2 dinars and 3 quarter dinars) in the world having portrait of Buddha. There are some copper coins which show Buddha which are also rare. All these coins have been minted by Kanishka, most likely to commemorate building of great stupa of Purushpur (modern Peshawar, in Pakistan).
Antonio Protti
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KANISHKA. NANA - MOON Head Dress! KUSHAN EMPIRE 32 viewsKANISHKA. NANA - MOON Head Dress! KUSHAN EMPIRE
King Kanishka the Great c. 127 to 152 A.D.
King Standing, Facing Left, Holding Sceptre, sacrificing over altar
Heavy Kushan Coat, Long Boots
Rev:NANA written in Retro
standing Right, Moon Head Dress
Four Pronged Tamgha - In Right Field

Copper Tetradrachm = four Drachms
Reference: This Coin is Currently Unlisted
Need more info? see this link:
http://www.coinarchives.com/a/lotviewer.php?LotID=317039&AucID=569&Lot=797
similar style coins fetched up to $705 recently at CNG auction
Large Heavy Copper Module
15.6 Grams; 26 MM; 4 MM thick
Good to Very Fine details
Kushan Empire, Bactrian Legend 2400
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King Kanishka coinage bears eloquent testimony to his zeal for Buddhism. Lord Shiva and bull, Nandi were commonly portrayed on his gold and copper coins, but the most important numismatic contribution of him is as follows: he was the first ruler (and perhaps only one in ancient world) who minted coins with image of Buddha. The coins depicting Buddha are extremely rare. There exist only 5 gold coins (2 dinars and 3 quarter dinars) in the world having portrait of Buddha. There are some copper coins which show Buddha which are also rare. All these coins have been minted by Kanishka, most likely to commemorate building of great stupa of Purushpur (modern Peshawar, in Pakistan).

Antonivs Protti
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KANISHKA. VADO WIND GOD. KUSHAN 47 viewsKANISHKA. VADO WIND GOD.

King Kanishka 127 to 152 A.D.
King Standing, Facing Left, Holding Sceptre, Heavy Kushan Coat, Long Boots

Rev: "VADO" OADO The Wind God
Copper Tetradrachm = four Drachms
Reference: MACW 3098

Need more info? see this link:
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One similar style Kushan Empire coin fetched $91 plus fees recently at CNG auction

16.9 Grams large; 26 MM Heavy
Looks Good to Very Fine
Kushan Empire, Bactrian Legend
2800
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King Kanishka coinage bears eloquent testimony to his zeal for Buddhism. Lord Shiva and bull, Nandi were commonly portrayed on his gold and copper coins, but the most important numismatic contribution of him is as follows: he was the first ruler (and perhaps only one in ancient world) who minted coins with image of Buddha. The coins depicting Buddha are extremely rare. There exist only 5 gold coins (2 dinars and 3 quarter dinars) in the world having portrait of Buddha. There are some copper coins which show Buddha which are also rare. All these coins have been minted by Kanishka, most likely to commemorate building of great stupa of Purushpur (modern Peshawar, in Pakistan).


Antonivs Protti
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KANISHKA. VADO WIND GOD. KUSHAN 27 viewsKANISHKA. VADO WIND GOD. KUSHAN
KANISHKA. VADO WIND GOD.

King Kanishka 127 to 152 A.D.
King Standing, Facing Left, Holding Sceptre, Heavy Kushan Coat, Long Boots

Rev: "VADO" OADO The Wind God
Copper Tetradrachm = four Drachms
Reference: MACW 3098

Need more info? see this link:
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One similar style Kushan Empire coin fetched $91 plus fees recently at CNG auction

16.9 Grams large; 26 MM Heavy
Looks Good to Very Fine
Kushan Empire, Bactrian Legend
2800
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King Kanishka coinage bears eloquent testimony to his zeal for Buddhism. Lord Shiva and bull, Nandi were commonly portrayed on his gold and copper coins, but the most important numismatic contribution of him is as follows: he was the first ruler (and perhaps only one in ancient world) who minted coins with image of Buddha. The coins depicting Buddha are extremely rare. There exist only 5 gold coins (2 dinars and 3 quarter dinars) in the world having portrait of Buddha. There are some copper coins which show Buddha which are also rare. All these coins have been minted by Kanishka, most likely to commemorate building of great stupa of Purushpur (modern Peshawar, in Pakistan).


Antonivs Protti
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KING HUVISHKA. SHIVA. KUSHAN.82 views*ACH* KING HUVISHKA. THREE HEADED SHIVA. KUSHAN EMPIRE.

Bactrian Legend, Kushan Empire
King Huviska circa 152 to 192 A.D.
King seated crossed leg
One leg crossed over the other leg

Rev:

Three Heads Two Arms Shiva
Four Pronged Tamgha - In Left Field

Copper Tetradrachm = four Drachms
Reference: appears unlisted
see this link:
http://www.grifterrec.com/coins/kushan/kushan5.html
Large Heavy Copper Module
weight: 16.1 Grams; Size: 24 MM
Condition: Looks Good Very Fine Details
2900
Antonio Protti
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KING HUVISHKA. SHIVA. KUSHAN. 34 viewsKING HUVISHKA. THREE HEADED SHIVA. KUSHAN EMPIRE.

Bactrian Legend, Kushan Empire
King Huviska circa 152 to 192 A.D.
King seated crossed leg
One leg crossed over the other leg

Rev:

Three Heads Two Arms Shiva
Four Pronged Tamgha - In Left Field

Copper Tetradrachm = four Drachms
Reference: appears unlisted
see this link:
http://www.grifterrec.com/coins/kushan/kushan5.html
Large Heavy Copper Module
weight: 16.1 Grams; Size: 24 MM
Condition: Looks Good Very Fine Details
2900
Antonivs Protti
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KINGS OF MACEDON--ALEXANDER IV (son of Alexander the Great)10 viewsStruck ca 323-311 BC
AE 15.5 mm, 3.86 g
O: Macedonian shield with five double crescents and five groups of pellets around, bust of Herakles at center, facing slightly right, wearing Nemean lion skin tied at neck
R: Crested Macedonian officer's helmet, flanked by B – A; stalk of grain lower left
Western Anatolia mint. Price 2806 corr. (Heracles left); SNG Cop 1132; SNG Alpha Bank 849; Hersh, Corrections 129. Very Scarce.
(Struck during the reign the child king Alexander IV, son of Alexander III with the Bactrian princess Roxana. He and Alexander III’s half-brother Philip III were made joint kings by Alexander's generals. Philip III was executed in 317 B.C. Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed by Kassander, in 311 B.C.)
laney
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KUSHAN EMPIRE--KANISHKA I14 viewsc. 128-152 AD
AE 1/4 unit 17 mm, 4.17 g
O: Crowned king standing facing, holding spear and sacrificing at altar at left, Bactrian legend around
R: Nimbate goddess Nana (Nanaia) standing right, holding object in right hand, with tamgha to right, legend to left
laney
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Kushan...Kanishka I49 viewsKanishka I 127/8 to 152 AD
AE 24mm tetradrachme 14.9g
OBV: King standing left besides altar, holding trident
REV: God Miiro standing left with right arm raised,Tamgha to left
Bactrian legend on OBV and REV
REF: Mitchner ?
from uncleaned lot 04/2007
Johnny
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Kushan: Huvishka, ca. 151 - 190 AD15 viewsAE26, 11,25gr., 25,5mm;
MACW 3291;
mint: Taxila, axis: 12h,
obv.; king, riding elephant, right, in hand ankus, Bactrian legend;
rev.: Shiva holding trident; tamgha and legend;

ex: G. Clark, VA.
Schatz
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Kushan: Vasu Deva, ca. 192 - 225 AD16 viewsAE tdr., 8,78gr., 24,1mm
MACW 3471ff.
mint: Taxila, axis: 12h;
obv.: king, standing right, w/ raised left hand holding long trident, left hand resting on altar, tamgha above; tarces of bactrian legend in left field;
rev.: Siva, left, standing in front of bull Nandi, left, diadem (?) in left hand, trident in right, tamgha in right field; dotted border7:30 - 11:30h;

ex: G. Clark, VA.
Schatz
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Kushan: Shaka (ca. 325-345 CE) AV Dinar (Göbl 589; MACW 3570)21 viewsObv: Crowned, diademed king standing facing, nimbate, holding standard and sacrificing at altar at left, blundered Bactrian legend around, Brahmi legend: Shaka at right, bhri under arm
Rev: Goddess of plenty Ardoksho enthroned facing, holding diadem and cornucopia, blundered Bactrian legend right: APΔOXþO, tamgha at left
Quant.Geek
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KUSHANS - Huviska17 viewsKUSHANS - Huviska (c. 150-191 C.E.) AE Tetradrachm. Obv.: King reclining on couch facing, body nimbate, Bactrian legend around. Rev.: God of metals Athsho stands left, holding sword and conferring blessing. Tamgha left. 15.5g. I believe it is Goebl #833. This is a heavy-weight coin, so probably an early issue. dpaul7
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Kushanshah Hormizd I AE Drachm63 viewsKushanshah Hormizd (Hormazd) I
AE Drachm
270 - 295 AD
Baktrian Mint
Pahlavi legend - AUHRaMaZDI MaLKA
Bearded bust right wearing lion headdress with segmented ball; crescent and two dots behind. Long ribbons flow upward from ball of hair
Pahlavi legend - BWRZ'Y NDY YZTY
Ahura-Mazda rising from altar, holding wreath and trident.
14.8mm
1.91 g
Cribb SI 19, #24 (Bactrian issues); Mitchiner ACW 1280; Gobl Kushan 1071v; Zeymal p.257, T. 30, 31 (rare)

This coin is listed on Zeno as #48442.
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Macedon, Alexander III, 336-323 BC212 viewsAlexander the Great (Greek:Μέγας Αλέξανδρος[1], Megas Alexandros; July 356 BC — June 11, 323 BC), also known as Alexander III, king of Macedon (336–323 BC), is considered one of the most successful military commanders in history, conquering most of his known world before his death; he is frequently included in a list along with Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar, and Ghengis Khan, as the greatest military strategists and tacticians who ever lived. Alexander is also known in the Zoroastrian Middle Persian work Arda Wiraz Nāmag as "the accursed Alexander" due to his conquest of the Persian Empire and the destruction of its capital Persepolis. He is known as Eskandar in Persian and even acclaimed during the construction of the Great Wall Sadd-e Eskandar by the Parthian Dynasty[citation needed]. He is often identified as Dhul-Qarnayn in Middle Eastern traditions and is called al-Iskandar al-Kabeer in Arabic, Sikandar-e-azam in Urdu, Skandar in Pashto, Dul-Qarnayim in Hebrew, and Tre-Qarnayia in Aramaic (the two-horned one), apparently due to an image on coins minted during his rule that seemingly depicted him with the two ram's horns of the Egyptian god Ammon. He is known as Sikandar in Urdu and Hindi, a term also used as a synonym for "expert" or "extremely skilled".

Following the unification of the multiple city-states of ancient Greece under the rule of his father, Philip II of Macedon, (a labour Alexander had to repeat twice because the southern Greeks rebelled after Philip's death), Alexander would conquer the Persian Empire, including Anatolia, Syria, Phoenicia, Gaza, Egypt, Bactria and Mesopotamia and extend the boundaries of his own empire as far as the Punjab. Alexander integrated foreigners (non-Macedonians, non-Greeks known as the Successors[2]) into his army and administration, leading some scholars to credit him with a "policy of fusion." He encouraged marriage between his army and foreigners, and practised it himself. After twelve years of constant military campaigning, Alexander died, possibly of malaria, typhoid, or viral encephalitis. His conquests ushered in centuries of Greek settlement and rule over distant areas, a period known as the Hellenistic Age. Alexander himself lived on in the history and myth of both Greek and non-Greek cultures. Already during his lifetime, and especially after his death, his exploits inspired a literary tradition in which he appears as a legendary hero in the tradition of Achilles.

Alexander III, 336-323 BC, Bronze AE18, Price-275, struck 336-323BC at Macedonia, 7.09 grams, 17.3 mm. Choice VF

Obv: Head of Herakles with a lion scalp headdress
Rev: Club above legend with bow and quiver below, thunderbolt above club, 'Delta' below quiver

A wonderful bronze issue from the lifetime of Alexander III 'the Great.' Perfectly centered and struck with minimal, if any, actual wear. Highly attractive.
Ex-Glenn Woods g28
ecoli
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Menander AR Drachm 155-130 BC105 viewsKing Menander was probably a tributary of Eukratides I of Bactria and a descendant of the conquests of Alexander the Great. The Greek legends on obverse (Menander, King and Saviour) match the Kharosthi legend on Reverse.
Obv: Diademed heroic bust of Menander left w/Aegis and spear. Rev: Athena Alkidemos stndg lft with shield and thunderbolts. Monogram to rt. (Ref: Wildwinds)
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Menander I Drachm47 viewsAR Drachm
Size: 17mm, Weight: 2.45 grams, Die Axis: 9h

Bactria, Menander I
Circa 155 – 130 BCE

Obverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ MENAN∆POY (of saviour king Menander)
Diademed and draped bust of Menander I to right.

Reverse: The Kharoshthi script 𐨣𐨚𐨯 𐨚𐨟𐨪𐨯 𐨨𐨱𐨪𐨗𐨯ꅐ (maharajasa tratarasa menadrasa - translation as obverse)
Athena Alkidemos advancing left, brandishing thunderbolt and shield held horizontally decorated with head of Gorgon. Monogram to right.

Notes:
-Menander was one of the most successful Baktrian kings, and according to Strabo conquered more tribes than Alexander the Great. He was said to have raided as far east as modern day Patna, India.
-He is also reported to have converted to Buddhism, but that is according to the Buddhist text the Milinda Panha (The questions of king Milinda). However it is recorded by Plutarch that upon his death his remains were shared amongst cities and 'monuments' were erected to honour these. This may be a reference to Buddhist stupas. There is no doubt, like Alexander before him, he respected the various religions of his kingdom, and used them to gain advantage wherever possible.
-The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, thought to have been written in the mid first century CE, records the following:
"To the present day ancient drachmae are current in Barygaza (modern day Bharuch in Gujarat, India), coming from this country, bearing inscriptions in Greek letters, and the devices of those who reigned after Alexander, Apollodorus and Menander."
-Kharosthi (also known as Gandharan) was a script used in the region of modern day Afghanistan and Pakistan from about the 3rd century BCE to about the 3rd century CE. There is evidence of the script surviving as late as the 7th century CE in some outposts along the Silk Road. Interestingly, some early Chinese translations of Buddhist works indicate a Kharosthi source.
-Kharosthi is read from right to left, like for example modern Arabic. In the case of Menander, his epithets all end in 𐨯 (sa), so it is quite east to make out each word on the coin. The first letter of Menadrasa ꅐ (me) is made up of 𐨨 (m) combined with the diacritic vowel mark ' (e). This letter 'me', is quite distinctive and clearly visible directly below the monogram on my coin. Thus reading (by English convention) backwards the word me . na . dra . sa is clear. Note I was not able to find the Unicode script for Kharosthi 'me', so the symbol I have used is from 'Yi' script which was the closest approximation of The Kharosthi symbol I could find.

Ex Frank S Robinson Auction 97 lot 13, 2016
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Menander I Soter AE Square Chalkous122 viewsAttribution: Mitchiner 134, Type 239; of Pushkalavati, chief workshop; Bactria
Date: 155-130 BC
Obverse: Elephant head with trunk raised and bell suspended from neck
Reverse: Karosthi inscription (Maharajasa Tratasara Menandrasa) around club of Herakles, monogram to l., “A” to r.
Size: 14 mm
Weight: 2.93 grams
Noah
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Menander I Soter, Sear 7604, 155 - 130 BC, Bactria4 viewsDiademed bust left, seen from behind, wearing aegis and brandishing spear / Athena Alkidemos left, monogram to left. Dual language (Greek obverse, Kharoshthi reverse)

BASILEWS SWTHROS MENANDPOY
Maharajasa Tratarasa / Menamdrasa
Of Savior King Menander
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nezak huns35 viewsNezak Huns, "Srio Shaho", c. AD 711-719. AE 1/4 Drachm (1.24gm, 15mm), Gandhara. Trident crown type with Bactrian legend. MACW 1495; Göbl 238.dpaul7
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Nezak Kings of Kabul: Napki Malka (475-576) AR Drachm19 viewsNezak Kings of Kabul: Napki Malka (475-576) AR Drachm (MACW 1491-1494)

Bactrian series with cursive Greek legends.

Obv: Bare headed bust right of Hephthalite "Napki" type; Tamgha behind bust; Cursive Greek Legend: SRIO ShAHO
The crown is of the trident-type.
Rev: Normal fire altar and attendants design
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Nezak Kings of Kabul: Napki Malka (475-576) AR Drachm 28 viewsBactrian series with cursive Greek legends.

Obv: Bare headed bust right of Hephthalite "Napki" type; Tamgha behind bust; Cursive Greek Legend: SRIO ShAHO; The crown is of the trident-type.
Rev: Normal fire altar and attendants design
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Pantheon of Greek Gods163 viewsHere are some of the Greek gods depicted in full length form. As you might expect Athena seems to be a favorite deity as attested by these ancient coins. All are found on the reverse side except the stater coin from Tarsos.

Top Row: Zeus on Alexander III Tetradrachm; Apollo on Myrina Stephanophoric Tetradrachm; Dionysos on Maroneia Tetradrachm; Baal on Tarsos Stater.
Middle Row: Zeus on Bactrian Drachm; Athena Itona on Thessalian League Stater; Nike on Side Tetradrachm; Apollo on Seleukid Drachm; Athena on Cappadocian Drachm.
Bottom Row: Athena on Pergammon Tetradrachm; Athena on Seleukid Tetradrachm; Athena on Lysimachos Tetradrachm; Athena on Aigeaian Tetradrachm.
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Hormizd I (270-295 AD), AE Drachm38 viewsKushanshah Hormizd (Hormazd) I
AE Drachm
270 - 295 AD
Baktrian Mint
Pahlavi legend - AUHRaMaZDI MaLKA
Bearded bust right wearing lion headdress with segmented ball; crescent and two dots behind. Long ribbons flow upward from ball of hair
Pahlavi legend - BWRZ'Y NDY YZTY
Ahura-Mazda rising from altar, holding wreath and trident.
14.8mm
1.91 g
Cribb SI 19, #24 (Bactrian issues); Mitchiner ACW 1280; Gobl Kushan 1071v; Zeymal p.257, T. 30, 31 (rare)

This coin is listed on Zeno as #48442.
WindchildPunico
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Philip III/Alexander IV Drachm -- 323-317 BC18 views3.955 g, 15.4 mm, 0°
Sardes Mint
Silver Drachm
Minted During the Reign of Philip III or Alexander IV; In the Style of Alexander III
Price P103 (Philip) or 2626 (Alexander)

Obverse: Head of Herakles Wearing Nemean Skin Headdress Right.
Reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros Enthroned Left Holding Eagle and Staff. Legend Off Flan. Bee Head Over TI in Left Field.

Philip III Arrhidaeus was the mentally deficient, bastard son of Philip II and a dancer, Philinna of Larissa, and therefore the half-brother of Alexander the Great. On the death of Alexander he was elected king by the Macedonian Army. He was, however, imprisoned upon his return to Macedonia and in October 317 B.C. he was executed under orders from Olympias, Alexander's mother, to ensure the succession of her grandson through Alexander III and Princess Roxanna of Bactria. Alexander IV was poisoned by the regent of Macedonia, Cassander, in 311 BC at age 12 when defenders of the Argead Dynasty began to declare that a regent was no longer needed and Alexander should be placed on the throne.
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Another great FORVM purchase of mine.
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Poseidon - Ποσειδῶν441 viewsPoseidon is portrayed on the reverse of this Baktrian tetradrachm issued by Antimachos I (ca. 175-170 BC). A uniquely curious choice for a landlocked country, although the association of Poseidon with earthquakes (which regularly shake the region of Afghanistan) may have been a determining factor in Antimachos choice of a patron god.

Poseidon (Ποσειδῶν) was the god of the sea and the earth-shaker (god of earthquakes) of Greek mythology. He was the protector of many Hellenic cities, although he lost the contest for Athens to Athena. The contest revolved around a gift of each god to the city, with the preferred one of the Athenians determining the outcome. Poseidon struck the ground with his trident, whereupon a spring came into being, only its water proved salty. Athena on the other hand, offered an olive tree making the choice of the Athenians decisive. To placate Poseidon on their choice the Athenians erected a temple to him (Poseidon) at Cape Sounion to the south of Athens.


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Regno greco di Bactria, 160-150 a.C., emiobolo (mezzo obolo)37 viewsAE, emiobolo, Regno indo-greco di Bactria. Bronzo rettangolare. Apollodotus I, zecca di Taxila (160-150 a.C.)
AE, 9.72 gr, mm 20x22, BB
D/ Legenda in greco, divinità stante di fronte, solleva la mano dx, clava nella sx
R/ Altare in cornice (incuso)
M. Workshop, Mitchiner vol. 2 type 209q
Provenienza: collezione Berardengo, Roma Italia (3 dicembre 2007, numero catalogo 59); ex Youssef Mishriki collection (Sphinx numismatics, Markham, Ontario Canada, fino al 2007).
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Reino Greco-Bactriano - Antimaco (171 - 160 A.C.)41 viewsAR Dracma 16 x 17 mm 2.4 gr.

Anv:”BAΣIΛΣΩΣ NIKHΦOρOY ANTIMAXOY“ - Nike alada avanzando a izquierda sosteniendo palma y rama.
Rev: Rey a caballo cabalgando hacia la derecha. Maharajasa Jayadharasa Amtimakhasa escritas en jaroshti, que indican lo mismo del anverso. Monograma en campo izquierdo.

Acuñada: 171 – 160 A.C.
Ceca: Bactria o Bactriana (norte de los actuales Afganistán, Pakistán e India).

Referencias: Mitchiner #135d Pag.76 – Sear GCTV Vol.2 #7546 Pag.710 - MACW #1674 - SNG Vol. VI (Fitzwilliam Museum ) #1174 - B.M.C. (India) #1-2 Pag.45 – SNGFab #471 - BN Bact #1 - SNG ANS #399-424 - Bopearachchi #1 Pag.197 - SNG Cop #352 var - HGC #124 Pag.14
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Reino Greco-Bactriano - Antimaco (171 - 160 A.C.)6 viewsAR Dracma 16 x 17 mm 2.4 gr.

Anv:”BAΣIΛΣΩΣ NIKHΦOρOY ANTIMAXOY“ - Nike alada avanzando a izquierda sosteniendo palma y rama.
Rev: Rey a caballo cabalgando hacia la derecha. Maharajasa Jayadharasa Amtimakhasa escritas en jaroshti, que indican lo mismo del anverso. Monograma en campo izquierdo.

Acuñada: 171 – 160 A.C.
Ceca: Bactria o Bactriana (norte de los actuales Afganistán, Pakistán e India).

Referencias: Mitchiner #135d Pag.76 – Sear GCTV Vol.2 #7546 Pag.710 - MACW #1674 - SNG Vol. VI (Fitzwilliam Museum ) #1174 - B.M.C. (India) #1-2 Pag.45 – SNGFab #471 - BN Bact #1 - SNG ANS #399-424 - Bopearachchi #1 Pag.197 - SNG Cop #352 var - HGC #124 Pag.14
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Reino Greco-Bactriano - Menandro (160 - 145 A.C.)58 viewsAR Dracma 17 x 15 mm 2.4 gr.

Anv: :"BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHρOΣ MENANΔρOY" - Busto coronado con diadema del Rey, vestido con manto viendo a derecha.
Rev: : Athena Alkidemos (Atenea) blandiendo rayo y portando un escudo en el que se observa perfectamente la cabeza de la Gorgona. Monograma a la derecha del campo y leyendas Maharajasa tratasa Menandrasa escritas en jaroshti, que indican lo mismo del anverso. Monograma en campo izquierdo.

Acuñada: 160 – 145 A.C.
Ceca: Bactria o Bactriana (norte de los actuales Afganistán, Pakistán e India).

Referencias: RS #261 – Sear GCTV Vol.2 #7600 Pag.716 - HD #4110 – Mitchiner #215t – B.M.C. (India) #15 Pag.45 – SNGFab #474 - SNG Vol.VII #1404 var. - SNG Cop.#290
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Reino Greco-Bactriano - Menandro (160 - 145 A.C.)17 viewsAR Dracma 17 x 15 mm 2.4 gr.

Anv: :"BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHρOΣ MENANΔρOY" - Busto coronado con diadema del Rey, vestido con manto viendo a derecha.
Rev: : Athena Alkidemos (Atenea) blandiendo rayo y portando un escudo en el que se observa perfectamente la cabeza de la Gorgona. Monograma a la derecha del campo y leyendas Maharajasa tratasa Menandrasa escritas en jaroshti, que indican lo mismo del anverso. Monograma en campo izquierdo.

Acuñada: 160 – 145 A.C.
Ceca: Bactria o Bactriana (norte de los actuales Afganistán, Pakistán e India).

Referencias: RS #261 – Sear GCTV Vol.2 #7600 Pag.716 - HD #4110 – Mitchiner #215t – B.M.C. (India) #15 Pag.45 – SNGFab #474 - SNG Vol.VII #1404 var. - SNG Cop.#290
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Seleukos I Nikator / Quadriga of Elephants18 viewsSeleukos I Nikator. 312-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.13 g, 4h). Seleukeia on the Tigris II mint. Struck circa 296/5-281 BC.
O: Laureate head of Zeus right
R: BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King) left, Athena, brandishing spear and shield, in quadriga of elephants right; anchor above,ΣEΛEYKOY (Seleukos), two monograms in exergue.
- SC 130.20c corr. (monogram); ESM – (but obv. die A42); HGC 9, 18a; NFA XXII, lot 339 (same dies); CNG 96 lot 530 (Same Dies).

For this variety, 130.20c, SC cites NFA XXII, lot 339, but the monogram is not clear in the photograph. The present coin, from the same dies as the NFA piece, clearly shows that the diagonal line in the lower left of the monogram is not present.

Seleucus I was the founder of the Seleucid dynasty. His kingdom at its highest point extended from Thrace and Asia Minor in the West to Bactria in the East and from the Black Sea in the north to the borders of Egypt in the South. Out of all of the Successors of Alexander the Great, he was the one who came closest to restoring the entirety of the Macedonian Empire. Although Seleucus had been appointed satrap of Babylonia by an assembly of Alexander’s former generals in 321 BC, Antigonos, who was made strategos of Asia at the same time sought to remove the satraps that he could not control and thereby become the new master of Alexander’s Empire. Realizing the danger, Seleucus escaped from Babylon to the Egyptian court of Ptolemy. With Ptolemy’s assistance, Seleucus was able to return to Babylon and reclaim his satrapy in 312 BC. In 306/5 he embarked upon an eastern campaign to gain control of the Upper Satrapies.

This series of tetradrachms served as a reminder of the 500 war elephants Seleukos received in settlement with Chandragupta in the Peace of 303. The treaty is celebrated on the reverse which depicts a militant Athena being pulled by four elephants equipped with horned headdresses.

Elephants were the equivalent to the tank of the ancient Greek world. The elephants of Chandragupta had a pivotal role to play in Seleucus’ reign. Thanks to their timely arrival at the Battle of Ipsos (301 BC), it was possible for Seleucus and his allies to defeat and kill Antigonos, thereby ending an ever-present threat to his security. With Antigonos gone, Seleucus could safely rule his eastern kingdom. In 281 BC Philetairos and other cities and rulers of western Asia Minor invited Seleucus to march west and destroy his sometime ally, Lysimachos, who had made himself very unpopular in the region. Seleucus acquiesced to this request, defeating and killing Lysimacus at the Battle of Korupedion. This victory gained for Seleucus all of Lysimacus’ former territory in Asia Minor and Thrace, but he was not able to savour this triumph for long. Later in the year, as he marched through Thrace, Seleucus was murdered by a refugee from the Ptolemaic court.
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Seleukos IV Philopator 187-175 BC19 viewsSELEUKID KINGDOM OF SYRIA, Seleukos IV Philopator, 187-175 BC, AE18.6 - 20, weight 7.83g. Serrated bronze. Obverse: Head of young Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy, thyrsos at shoulder. Anchor countermark left. Reverse: Two lines of inscription, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ above and beneath prow of galley left. Hoover SC 593; SC 1324; SEAR 6970.

When Seleukos IV acceded to the throne, Asia minor was lost to the kings of Pergamon, the Eastern provinces of Parthia and Bactria firmly established as independent kingdoms, and in addition he had to pay a heavy annual war indemnity to the Romans. He seems to have wisely ruled what was left of the Seleukid kingdom until he was murdered by his minister
Heliodoros.
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Shahi Kings of Kabul and Ghandara: Sri Spalapati Deva (750-900 CE) AR Jital (Tye-3; Deyell-17)34 viewsObv: Bull Nandi recumbent left, wearing plain jhula (saddlecloth), trisula (trident) tamgha on hindquarters, श्री स्पलापति देवा (Sri Spalapati Deva) in Nagari script above
Rev: Horseman riding right holding banner, flowing to left, Bactrian legend in arc in front (sri spalabad or sbolobodi) per Deyell, or corrupt Brahmi (shahi deva) per Tye.
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Shapur II (A.D. 310–379)29 viewsHead of a king, probably Shapur II, Sasanian; A.D. 310–379
Iran
Silver, mercury gilding; H. 40 cm
Fletcher Fund, 1965 (65.126)

Description
The Sasanian dynasty of Iran ruled an area from the Euphrates River to Bactria from the third century A.D. until the Islamic conquest in the seventh century, controlling for much of that time the Silk Route from Byzantium to China.

Dating from the fourth century A.D., this silver head of a Sasanian king is an exquisite example of Sasanian metalwork. It is raised from a single piece of silver with chased and repoussé details. The king wears simple ovoid earrings and a beaded necklace of Sasanian fashion. His powerful stare and characteristic arched nose seem to suggest that the artist was attempting to convey a sense of majesty rather than an individual likeness. The identity of the subject of such representations, in relief or in the round, can often be determined by comparison of facial features and details of the crown with those of kings portrayed on Sasanian coins of the period. In this case, however, the crescent that decorates the crenellated crown and the striated orb that rises above it have no exact parallel. A combination of stylistic details suggests that it was made sometime in the fourth century, perhaps during the reign of Shapur II (A.D. 310–379). The lower section of this head has been cut away, so there is no way of knowing whether it was originally part of a larger sculpture composed of several pieces or a decorative bust intended to be seen alone.

Copyright © 2000–2007 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved. www.metmuseum.org. Used by permission.
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SOGDIA, Imitation of Eutydemos of Bactria7 viewsAR Tetradrachm, 27mm, 8.0g, 12h; c. 100 BC
Obv.: Diademed head of Euthydemos right
Rev.: Hercules seated on omphalos holding club on right; Sogdian legend.
Reference: Rtveladze 37; Senior A18.5T / 17-36-161
John Anthony
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Soter Megas34 viewsBronze coin of the Kushan king Vima Takto, alias "Soter Megas" (c. 80-90 AD), king of Bactria (Afghanistan)
Obv: Bust of the king wearing royal headband and radiate, holding sceptre ; three-pronged tamgha behind.
Rev: Mounted king with royal headband, holding a sceptre. Three-pronged tamgha ; corrupted Greek legend ΒΑCΙΛΕΥ(C) ΒΑCΙΛΕΥΩΝ CΩΤΗΡ ΜΕΓΑ(C) : "The King of Kings, Great Saviour".
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Syria, The Great Colonnade at Apamea118 viewsApamea, on the right bank of the Orontes River, was a treasure city and stud-depot of the Seleucid kings, and was the capital of Apamene. Its site is found about 55 km (34 mi) to the northwest of Hama, Syria, overlooking the Ghab valley.

Previously known as Pharmake, it was fortified and enlarged by Seleucus I Nicator in 300 B.C., who so named it after his Bactrian wife, Apama. The fortress was placed upon a hill; the windings of the Orontes, with the lake and marshes, gave it a peninsular form. Seleucus had his commissariat there, 500 elephants, with 30,000 mares, and 300 stallions. The pretender, Diodotus Tryphon, made Apamea the basis of his operations.

Josephus relates, that Pompey marching south from his winter quarters, probably at or near Antioch, razed the fortress of Apamea in 64 B.C. and the city was annexed to the Roman Republic. In the revolt of Syria under Q. Caecilius Bassus, it held out against Julius Caesar for three years till the arrival of Cassius, 46 B.C.
Located at a strategic crossroads for Eastern commerce, the city flourished to the extent that its population eventually numbered half a million. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. The city boasted one of the largest theaters in the Roman world, and a monumental colonnade.

On the outbreak of the Jewish War, the inhabitants of Apamea spared the Jews who lived in their midst, and would not suffer them to be murdered or led into captivity.
Destroyed by Chosroes I in the 6th century, it was partially rebuilt and known in Arabic as Famia, and destroyed by an earthquake in 1152. In the Crusades it was still a flourishing and important place and was occupied by Tancred.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apamea,_Syria

The ancient city has been damaged as a result of the ongoing civil war in Syria.
Joe Sermarini
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Trajan Drachm - Bactrian Camel (BMC 65)65 viewsAR Drachm
Bostra, Arabia 112-117 AD
2.87g

Obv: Laureate heroic style bust of Trajan (R), draped far shoulder.

Rev: Two-humped BACTRIAN CAMEL (L).

Bosra is in the south of modern day Syria.

BMC 65 METCALF 20
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Trajan Provincial126 viewsTrajan 98-117 AD. AR Drachm. Bostra Mint. 112-117 AD (COS VI). (3.3g, 15mm) Obv: (AVTOKP KAI)C NER TRAIANO APICTW CEB GERM DAK, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust to right. Rev: DHMARC EX UPATO V, Bactrian (two-humped) camel advancing left.
SNGANS 1159

Ex: Aeternitas Numismatics
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Vasu Deva I (circa 192 - 225 AD)AE Unit (Taxila series)52 viewsVasu Deva I (circa 192 - 225 AD)AE Unit (Taxila
series/Intermediate Period) Mitchiner ACW 3455
- 3458. 24 mm., 8.51 gm.,Die position=12h
King standing left wearing sword, holding trident to
right. Right hand lowered to altar; barred trident above.
Bactrian legend. Siva with halo, standing beside bull
(left) holding long trident and diadem (Cribb series
IIIb/D5); tamgha right. Bactrian legend. Coin #417
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YEAR-END REVIEW OF GREEK COLLECTION (OBVERSE)109 viewsClick on picture for bigger resolution.

Top row from left to right: MYSIA, PERGAMMON. Eumenes I AR Tetradrachm. Circa 263-241 BC **ILLYRIA, DYRRHACHION. AR Stater. Circa 340-280 BC**IONIA, SMYRNA. AR “Stephanophoric” Tetradrachm. Circa 150-145 BC** PELOPONNESOS, SIKYON. AR Stater. Circa 335-330 BC**ATTICA, ATHENS. “New style” Tetradrachm. Circa 169 BC.

Sixth row: BACTRIA, Antialkidas. AR Drachm. Circa 145-135 BC**CAPPADOCIA. Ariobarzanes I AR Drachm. Circa 96-63 BC**THRACE, ABDERA. AR Tetrobol. Circa 360-350 BC**THRACE, CHERSONESSOS. AR Hemidrachm. Circa 386-338 BC.

Fifth row: IONIA, EPHESOS. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 405-390 BC**CILICIA, TARSOS. Mazaios AR Stater. Circa 361-334 BC **MACEDONIA. Kassander AR Tetradrachm. Circa 317-315 BC**AKARNANIA, LEUKAS. AR Stater. Circa 320-280 BC**PAMPHYLIA, ASPENDOS. AR Stater. Circa 330-300 BC.

Fourth row: SELEUKID SYRIA. Antiochos VI AR Drachm. Circa 144-143 BC**LUCANIA, METAPONTION. AR Stater. Circa 340-330 BC**LUCANIA, VELIA. AR Stater. Circa 280 BC**PARTHIA. Mithradates II AR Drachm. Circa 121-91 BC.

Third row: AEOLIS, MYRINA. AR "Stephanophoric" Tetradrachm. Circa 150 BC**CARIA. Pixodaros AR Didrachm. Circa 341-335 BC**THRACE. Lysimachos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 297-281 BC**CILICIA, TARSOS. Pharnabazos AR Stater. Circa 380-374 BC**THRACE, MARONEIA. AR Tetradrachm. Mid 2nd cent. BC.

Second Row: LUCANIA, METAPONTION. AR Stater. Circa 510-480 BC** THESSALIAN LEAGUE. AR Stater. Circa 196-146 BC**CAMPANIA, NEAPOLIS. AR Nomos. Circa 275-250 BC**LYCIA, PRE-DYNASTIC. AR Stater. Circa 520-460 BC.

Bottom row: SELEUKID SYRIA. Antiochos Euergetes VII AR Tetradrachm. Circa 138-129 BC**MACEDON. Alexander III AR Tetradrachm. Circa 325-315 BC**CILICIA, AIGEAI. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 30 BC**PAIONIA. Patraos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 335-315 BC**PAMPHYLIA, SIDE. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 155-36 BC.
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YEAR-END REVIEW OF GREEK COLLECTION (REVERSE)116 viewsTHE LESS OFTEN DISPLAYED SIDE OF MY COINS.
Please click on picture for bigger resolution.

Top row from left to right: MYSIA, PERGAMMON. Eumenes I AR Tetradrachm. Circa 263-241 BC **ILLYRIA, DYRRHACHION. AR Stater. Circa 340-280 BC**IONIA, SMYRNA. AR “Stephanophoric” Tetradrachm. Circa 150-145 BC** PELOPONNESOS, SIKYON. AR Stater. Circa 335-330 BC**ATTICA, ATHENS. “New style” Tetradrachm. Circa 169 BC.

Sixth row: BACTRIA, Antialkidas. AR Drachm. Circa 145-135 BC**CAPPADOCIA. Ariobarzanes I AR Drachm. Circa 96-63 BC**THRACE, ABDERA. AR Tetrobol. Circa 360-350 BC**THRACE, CHERSONESSOS. AR Hemidrachm. Circa 386-338 BC.

Fifth row: IONIA, EPHESOS. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 405-390 BC**CILICIA, TARSOS. Mazaios AR Stater. Circa 361-334 BC **MACEDONIA. Kassander AR Tetradrachm. Circa 317-315 BC**AKARNANIA, LEUKAS. AR Stater. Circa 320-280 BC**PAMPHYLIA, ASPENDOS. AR Stater. Circa 330-300 BC.

Fourth row: SELEUKID SYRIA. Antiochos VI AR Drachm. Circa 144-143 BC**LUCANIA, METAPONTION. AR Stater. Circa 340-330 BC**LUCANIA, VELIA. AR Stater. Circa 280 BC**PARTHIA. Mithradates II AR Drachm. Circa 121-91 BC.

Third row: AEOLIS, MYRINA. AR "Stephanophoric" Tetradrachm. Circa 150 BC**CARIA. Pixodaros AR Didrachm. Circa 341-335 BC**THRACE. Lysimachos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 297-281 BC**CILICIA, TARSOS. Pharnabazos AR Stater. Circa 380-374 BC**THRACE, MARONEIA. AR Tetradrachm. Mid 2nd cent. BC.

Second Row: LUCANIA, METAPONTION. AR Stater. Circa 510-480 BC** THESSALIAN LEAGUE. AR Stater. Circa 196-146 BC**CAMPANIA, NEAPOLIS. AR Nomos. Circa 275-250 BC**LYCIA, PRE-DYNASTIC. AR Stater. Circa 520-460 BC.

Bottom row: SELEUKID SYRIA. Antiochos Euergetes VII AR Tetradrachm. Circa 138-129 BC**MACEDON. Alexander III AR Tetradrachm. Circa 325-315 BC**CILICIA, AIGEAI. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 30 BC**PAIONIA. Patraos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 335-315 BC**PAMPHYLIA, SIDE. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 155-36 BC.
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