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Alexander III. 336-323 BC. AR Drachm of Sardes3 viewsMacedon, Alexander III. 336-323 BC. AR Drachm (4.19 gm) of Sardes. Struck under Menander, c.324/3 BC Head of Herakles clad in lion skin headdress, r. / ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus Aetophoros enthroned l., holding eagle and sceptre, rose below throne. VF. SNG Berry 258; ADM I Series X; HGC 3.1 #914; Muller plate IV #117 (Traelium); Price 2571; SNG Alpha Bank 643-644; Thompson ADM I Series X #81-94; Thompson-Bellinger p.27 #8. Anaximander
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Ancient Greek / Alexander the Great (336 - 323) BC Drachm50 viewsPhilip III Arrhidaios. 323-317 BC. AR Drachm . In the name of Alexander III. Kolophon mint. Struck under Menander or Kleitos, circa 322-319 BC.
OBVERSE : Head of Alexander, as Hercules, clad in lion’s skin.
REVERSE : Zeus Aëtophoros seated left holding eagle and scepter, Lyre before.

17.9 MM AND 4.16 GRAMS , VF . Price 1768.


From the Sam Mansourati Collection.
Sam
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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. Menander I Soter (ca. 155-130 BC). AR Indic drachm (17mm, 1h)5 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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Bactrian/Indo Greek - Menander Soter (155-130 BCE)14 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)10 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)18 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, Graeco Baktrian Kings. Menander * ca. 155-130 BC. AR Drachm84 views
Silver Drachm, Menander, Graeco-Baktria

Obv: Diademed heroic bust, with aegis and spear raised in combative-posture, left-facing.
Rev: Athena Alkidemos left, hurling thunderbolt in right hand, holding hoplon shield raised in left hand; monogram in right field, Legend above.

Mint: Taxila (?)
Struck: 155-130 BC.

Size: 18 mm. (&nd slightly oblong on horizontal-plane)
Weight: 2.44 grams
Die axis: 355 degs.

Interesting aged-appearance; some luster, some wear, light corrosion & ample deposits (particularly on the reverse).

Bopearachchi Série 7B, 37-40
MIG 224c.
Bop 037
Tiathena
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Baktria, Indo-Greek kingdom. MENANDER I Soter 9 viewsBaktria, Indo-Greek kingdom. MENANDER I Soter AR Drachm. EF+. Athena Alkidemos.

Obverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΟΤΗΡΟΣ / ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ. Diademed and draped bust right, wearing crested helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear.
Reverse: Athena Alkidemos advancing left, shield decorated with aegis over arm, hurling thunderbolt; monogram to right; Karosthi inscription around.

A precious exemplar of this interesting coin, issued by the mythic king Menander I, the most poweful ruler of the indo-greek kingdom of Baktria and the first western ruler to be converted to Buda´s faith.

EF+ condition, almost uncircullated, conserving absolutely full details in both sides, strong relief and high quality silver.

Bopearachchi 16I; SNG ANS 879-92. circa 155-130 b.C. 2,4 g - 17 mm
Mark R1
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Baktria, Indo-Greek kingdom. MENANDER I Soter AR Drachm. EF+. Bust to left holding spear.68 viewsObverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΟΤΗΡΟΣ / ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ. Diademed heroic bust of Menander I to left, seen from behind, wearing aegis over shoulder and brandishing spear.
Reverse: Athena Alkidemos advancing left, shield decorated with aegis over arm, hurling thunderbolt; monogram to right; Karosthi inscription around.

Issued by the mythic king Menander I, the most poweful ruler of the indo-greek kingdom of Baktria and the first western ruler to be converted to Buda´s faith.

EF+ condition, practically uncircullated, conserving absolutely full details in both sides, very bold relief relief and high quality silver.

Bopearachchi 7B. Circa 155-130 b.C. 2,4 g - 16,5 mm
5 commentsMark R1
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Baktria, Kings, Menander I Soter (cc. 165/155–130 B.C.), AR-Drachm, Bop 13B, AY/-//--, Athena Alkidemos standing left, #156 viewsBaktria, Kings, Menander I Soter (cc. 165/155–130 B.C.), AR-Drachm, Bop 13B, AY/-//--, Athena Alkidemos standing left, #1
avers: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ, diademed, draped bust of Menander right.
reverse: Karosthi legend Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa, Athena Alkidemos, viewed from behind, standing left, brandishing thunderbolt in raised right hand & holding shield on extended left arm, AY monogram in left field.
exergue: AY/-//--, diameter: 16,5-17,0mm, weight: 2,26g, axes: 0h,
mint: Baktria, Kings, Menander I Soter, date: cc. 165/155–130 B.C.,
ref: Bop 13B,
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Baktria, Menander14 viewsBaktria, Menander. 155-130 BC. AR Drachm (2.47gms) of Pushkalavati mint. Diademed, draped bust of Menander r., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ (of saviour king Menander). / Athena Promachos advancing l., brandishing thunderbolt, holding aegis. Karosthi legend Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa (of Great King Menander, the Savior). Monogram IoI to l., E to r. EF. Ponterio CCIF 142 #1701. SNG ANS 9 #802; Boperachchi Série 13 I; cf. OCV-1771; HGC 12 #191; Sear Greek 7600.
Christian T
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Baktria, Menander13 viewsBaktria, Menander. 155-130 BC. AR Drachm (2.48 gm). Heroic bust of Menander l., wearing aegis and brandishing spear, seen from behind. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ / Athena Promachos stg. r. brandishing thunderbolt, holding aegis. Karosthi legend Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa (of Great King Menander, the Savior). Monogram r. VF. CNG E389 #421. From the Kallman Collection, purchased from Colosseum Coin Exchange. SNG ANS 9 #733-738; Boperachchi Série 7B; HGC 12 #187.Christian T
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Baktria, Menander10 viewsBaktria, Menander. 155-130 BC. AR Drachm (2.42 gm). Heroic bust of Menander l., wearing aegis and brandishing spear, seen from behind. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ / Athena Promachos stg. r. brandishing thunderbolt, holding aegis. Karosthi legend Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa (of Great King Menander, the Savior). Monogram l. VF/nVF. SNG ANS 9 #707; Boperachchi Série 6A; HGC 12 #188; Sear Greek 7604.Christian T
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Baktria, Menander12 viewsBaktria, Menander. 155-130 BC. AE (15mm, 2.65 gm). Elephant head r., wearing bell around neck. Legend: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ. / Club upwards, Karosthi legend Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa (of Great King Menander, the Savior). Monogram l. & r. gF. SNG ANS 9 #918; Boperachchi Série 28B; HGC 12 - ; Sear Greek 7616.Christian T
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Baktria. Menander. Circa 155-130 BC. AR Drachm. 46 views2.46 gr. BASILEWS SWTHROS MENANDOU, bust right in crested helmet / Karosthi legend, Athena Alkidemos advancing left with thunderbolt & shield; monogram right. MIG 218c. Bop 145ff
1 commentsAntonivs Protti
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Baktria; Menander I. AR Drachm. Bust left with spear/ Athena Alkidemos right8 viewsBaktria; Menander I. Circa 165/155-130 B.C. AR Drachm. Diademed bust left, seen from back, holding spear / Athena Alkidemos right, holding shield and thunderbolt; monogram. Bop 03D. Podiceps
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Baktria; Menander I. AR Drachm. Bust left/ Athena Alkidemos left8 viewsMenander I, c. 166-145 B.C. 17mm, AR Drachm. Bust left/ Athena Alkidemos left, monogram right. Ex EcinPodiceps
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Baktria; Menander I. AR Drachm. Helmeted bust right/ Athena Alkidemos left13 viewsBaktria. Menander I. Circa 155-130 B.C. AR Drachm. BASILEWS SWTHROS MENANDOU, bust right in crested helmet / Karosthi legend, Athena Alkidemos advancing left with thunderbolt & shield; monogram right. Bop 145ff, MIG 218c. Podiceps
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Baktrian Kingdom: Menander I Soter, 160 - 145 BC32 viewsObv: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ MENANΔPOY, draped bust of Menander I, wearing a crested helmet, facing right.

Rev: Karosthi legend around, Athena Alkidemos advancing left brandishing a thunderbolt and holding a shieild, monogram in field to right.

Silver Drachm, c. 155 - 130 BC

2.47 grams, 17 mm, 0°

GCV 7603, SNG ANS 855-65
SPQR Matt
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Baktrian Kingdom: Menander I Soter, 160 - 145 BC32 viewsObv: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ MENANΔPOY, heroic bust of Menander I, viewed from behind, head turned left, wearing diadem and aegis, and thrusting a spear with his right hand.

Rev: Karosthi legend around, Athena Alkidemos advancing left, brandishing a thunderbolt and holding a shield, monogram in field to right.

Silver Drachm, c. 155 - 130 BC

2.43 grams, 18 mm, 0°

GCV 7602, SNG ANS 739-44
SPQR Matt
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EB0154 Menander / Athena4 viewsMenander, 160-145 BC, BAKTRIAN KINGDOM, AR Drachm, Taxila mint.
Obverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΔΡϒ, diademed and draped bust right.
Reverse: Karosthi legend, Athena Promachos advancing left, bearing shield and thunderbolt. HA monogram in right field.
References: SG 7600, MIG 215.
Diameter: 17mm, Weight: 2.196g.
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EB0155 Menander / Athena23 viewsMenander 166 - 145 BC, Drachm of Baktrian Kingdom, Taxila mint.
Obv: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ MENANΔPOY, Diadiamed bust facing right.
Rev: Athena Promachos standing left, brandishing thunderbolt and aegis; legend around, HA monogram.
References: SG. 7600; BMC 3; Whitehead 407
Diameter: 19mm, Weight: 2.42 grams
Note: this coin was already in the EB gallery, but now with improved color balance.
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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, 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)
6 commentsLloyd T
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Greek, Baktrian Kingdom, Menander I, Drachm78 viewsBaktria, Menander AR Drachm. ca 155-130 BC.
Diademed bust right / Athena left brandishing thunderbolt & holding shield; Karosthi legend around, monograms in lower fields.
1 commentsanthivs
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GREEK, Menander ca. 342 - 291 BC17 viewsMenander ca. 342–291 BC
Æ 25mm.
Weight: 9,30 g
Metal: bronze
Condition: VF/VF
Obv: Helmeted bust of Athena right.
Rev: Nike walking right, holding wreath in right hand, palm over left shoulder; monogram before.
Ref: SNG ANS 943.
Jorge C
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In the name of ALEXANDER THE GREAT. Silver drachm.7 viewsKINGS OF MECEDON AR DRACHM. time of PHILIP III
4.2 GR & 17,21 MM
KINGS of MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios. 323-317 BC. In the name of Alexander III. Kolophon mint. Struck under Menander or Kleitos, circa 322-319 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, fish upwards; spear-head in right field. Price 1762.
Antonivs Protti
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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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Indo Greek, Menander Soter 1, 160-145 BC, AR drachm42 views Obv. Diademed, bare-headed bust of king left, seen from behind, holding spear in right hand,
     discontinuous Greek legend around: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ / MENANΔPOY
Rev. Seen from behind, Athena Alkidemos standing left, holding horizontal shield
     on outstretched left arm, hurling thunderbolt with right hand,
     monogram at right,
     discontinuous Kharoshthi legend around: maharajasa tratarasa / menamdrasa
MAW 1789 VOL2#224e
2 commentsSkyler
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Indo-Greek Bronze 4-Cholkoi of Menander I Soter20 viewsIndo-Greek Bronze 4-Cholkoi of Menander I Soter minted between 155-130 BC.

Obverse: BASILEWS SWTHROS MENANDROS, helmeted and draped bust right;

Reverse: Kharosthi legend: Maharajasa Tratarasa Menandrasa (Great King Savior Menander), Nike advancing right, wreath in extended right, palm frond over shoulder in left, monogram lower right

Attribution: Bopearachchi Série 32C; Mitchiner IGIS Type 244b; Mitchiner ACW 1821; SNG ANS 945 ff; SNG Cop 306 var (monogram)
chuy1530
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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 Kingdom, Menander I Soter AR Drachm. Circa 155-130 BC (Bopearachchi 3B; SNG ANS 686-690)54 viewsObv: Diademed bust left, wielding spear, aegis on shoulder; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ around
Rev: Athena standing right, hurling thunderbolt and holding shield; monogram in right field, Karosthi script around
1 commentsQuant.Geek
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INDO-GREEK KINGDOM, MENANDER I. Ca. 165/55-130 B.C. AE unit 12 x 12 mm10 viewsINDO-GREEK KINGDOM, MENANDER I. Ca. 165/55-130 B.C.
Obv. BASILEWS SWTHPOS MENAND[POY], head of elephant right, wearing bell around neck.
Rev. "Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa" in Kharosthi, club of Herakles upward; in left field, monogram; in right field.
Lee S
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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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INDO-GREEK--MENANDER I (BAKTRIAN KING)14 viewsca. 160 - 145 BC
AE 23mm sq; 11.07 g
O: Helmeted bust of Athena right
R: Nike walking right, holding wreath and palm; monogram before.
cf. Bopearachchi 32C; SNG ANS 945-54
Baktrian Kingdom
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Italy, Pompeii - House of Menander 14 viewsHouse of Menander .

From my visit to Pompeii in August 2015
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KINGS of MACEDON, Alexander III, Herakles, Zeus10 viewsAlexander the Great
AR Drachm
lifetime issue, 334-323 BC, Sardes mint
Struck under Menander,
Obv.: Herakles head right, clad in lion's skin.
Rev.: AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; bee in left field, IΘP monogram below throne
Ag, 4.03g, 14mm
Ref.: Price 2564
shanxi
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KINGS of MACEDON. In the name of Alexander III ( Alexander The Great ) Philip III Arrhidaios / Griffin. 323-317 BC.68 viewsSilver Drachm (17mm, 4.10 g, 6h). In the name of Alexander III. Teos mint. Struck under Menander or Kleitos, circa 323-319 BC.
Obverse : Head of Herakles right with Alexander The Great features , wearing lion skin.
Reverse : Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, griffin seated left. Price 2275. VF. , toned, porous. Very Rare .

EX ; From the Nicholas Sicurella Collection
The Sam Mansourati Collection / EX CNG

Photo and Description , courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.
Sam
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KINGS of MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios85 viewsKINGS of MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios. 323-317 BC. AR Drachm (17mm, 4.25 g, 1h). In the name of Alexander III. Kolophon mint. Struck under Menander or Kleitos, circa 322-319 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; kerykeion in left field, spearhead in outer right field. Price 1754.

This reverse die used for this coin was originally used to strike the previous issue, Price 1753, with vertical barley grain below the throne. Here one can see the remnant of the barley grain after an attempt was made to “erase” it in the die. Moreover, this coin was struck from the same obverse die as the plate coin for Price 1753.
4 commentsNick T
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Macedonian Kingdom, Antigonos I Monophthalmos, 320 - 306 B.C., In the Name and Types of Alexander the Great.49 viewsSilver drachm, Hersh 29, Hersh Near East 2.1d, Price -, Müller Alexander -, SNG Cop -, SNG Munchen -, SNG Alpha Bank -, NGC Choice XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5 (2490379-006), 4.000g, 18.2mm, 0o, Ionia, Magnesia ad Maeandrum mint, struck under Menander, c. 325 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on throne without back, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, head of ram left on left, AΛEΞAN∆POY, ( " Of Alexander " in Ancient Greek ) downward on right; very rare.

Antigonos I Monophthalmos ("the One-eyed") (382 B.C. - 301 B.C.) was a nobleman, general, and governor under Alexander the Great. Upon Alexander's death in 323 B.C., he established himself as one of the successors and declared himself King in 306 B.C. The most powerful satraps of the empire, Cassander, Seleucus, Ptolemy, and Lysimachus, answered by also proclaiming themselves kings. Antigonus found himself at war with all four, largely because his territory shared borders with all of them. He died in battle at Ipsus in 301 B.C. Antigonus' kingdom was divided up, with Seleucus I Nicator gaining the most. His son, Demetrius I Poliorcetes, took Macedon, which the family held, off and on, until it was conquered by Rome in 168 B.C. -- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

FORVM Ancient Coins./ The Sam Mansourati Collection.

*A special Thank to president Joe Sermarini for his work for complete information on this very rare Drachm.
2 commentsSam
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Menander42 views166 - 145 BC
Obv: Menander facing right - ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ MENANΔPOY
Rev: Athena Promachos standing left, brandishing thunderbolt and aegis; legend around, HA monogram
SG. 7600; BMC 3; Whitehead 407
2.42 g, 19mm, 0 degrees
2 commentsEB
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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 drachma16 viewsMenander. 165/155 -130 BC.

17mm., 2.31g.

BASILEWS SWTHROS MENANDROY, diademed, draped bust right

Kharosthi legend, Pallas Athena standing left, holding aegis in left arm and hurling thunderbolt with right; HA monogram in right field.

References: BMC 3; Whitehead 407.

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Menander drachma16 viewsMenander. 165/155-130 BC.

16.5mm., 2.34g.

Diademed and draped bust right, wearing crested helmet adorned with bull’s horn and ear

Athena Alkidemos advancing left, monogram to right

References: Bopearachchi Série 16l; SNG ANS 879-92 (vendors); MIG 218c; Bop 145ff.

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Menander drachma17 viewsMenander. 165/155-130 BC.

18mm., 2.45g.

BASILEWS SWTHR MENANDROU, bust of king Menander, viewed from behind, head left, wearing diadem and aegis, and thrusting spear held in right hand

Athena standing left., brandishing thunderbolt and holding shield; monogram in right field.

References: MIG 224b

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Menander I37 viewsAE Double Unit (Indian Standard) 155-130 BC
Obverse: Helmeted head right.
Reverse: BASILEWS SWTHROS MENANDROU, Nike advancing right, holding wreath before and palm branch at shoulder.
17.5 mm, 5.47gm
Bopearachchi Serié 32f; SNG ANS 957




Jerome Holderman
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Menander I (ca. 160-145 BCE) chalkous (AE)20 viewsObv.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΟΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ (Elephant's head left) Rev.: Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa (Herakles' club) Field: Monogram(s) Weight: 3.15 g. Diameter: 15 mm. Reference: Mitchiner 240, HGCS 12/197Nick.vdw
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Menander I Drachm44 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 Soter46 viewsMenander I Soter, Indo-Greek Kingdom
c.2nd Century BCE

Diademed bust of King, right. Corrupt Greek legend: King Menander, the Saviour. Slight die flaw to top left./Athene Alkidemos left, holding Aegis and thunderbolt. Kharosthi script legend: Maharajasa Tratarasa Menamdrasa. IiI Monogram in field.

AR Drachm. RJ Herbert 87.0935.23 or BN Ménandre Série 13H
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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
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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
Jonathan N
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Menander I. Circa 165/155-130 BC. AR Drachm. 25 views2.44 gr. Diademed bust left, seen from back, holding spear / Athena Alkidemos right, holding shield and thunderbolt; monogram. Bop 3D
Antonivs Protti
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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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