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Baktria, Diodotus I as Satrap for Antiochus II Theos, c. 255 - 250 B.C.
Diodotus I was the Seleukid governor of Baktro-Sogdiana early in Antiochos II's reign. His first coinage was issued with the Seleukid monarch's portrait. He then issued coins, like this one, with his own portrait, yet retaining the name of Antiochos as king. Diodotus' territory was so remote that he was king in all but title. About 250 B.C., he took the title too and issued coins as king in his own name (BAΣIΛEΩΣ ∆IO∆OTOY).
Recent scholarship shows that Ai Khanoum (Greek name uncertain) was the principal mint of the region, located on the frontier between Afghanistan and the former Soviet Union.
SH18896. Gold stater
629.1, Newell ESM
713, SGCV II
7497, EF, test cut
, Ai Khanoum mint, weight
8.292g, maximum diameter
18.1mm, die axis
of middle-aged Diodotus I right; reverse
BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY, Zeus striding left, naked, aegis
over extended left arm, hurling fulmen
with raised right, N over eagle
inner left; rare
Catalog current as of Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
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