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Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Bactrian Kingdom| > SH48876
Baktrian Kingdom, Eukratides I, c. 171 - 145 B.C.
Eucratides I Megas replaced the Euthydemid dynasty with his own. He fought the Indo-Greek kings, the easternmost Hellenistic rulers in northwestern India, temporarily holding territory as far as the Indus, until he was defeated and pushed back to Bactria. His vast coinage suggests a rule of considerable importance.
SH48876. Silver tetradrachm, Bopearachchi 6DD; SNG ANS 474; Mitchiner IGIS I 177cc & 177 ff var. (slightly different monogram); Bopearachchi & Rahman -, Choice gVF, weight 16.863g, maximum diameter 34.4mm, die axis 0o, obverse diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, wearing crested helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear; all within bead-and-reel border; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY EYKPATI∆OY, the Dioskouroi on rearing horses right, each holds a spear in his right, and palm fronds in left; monogram below horses; perfectly centered on a broad medallic flan, a very pleasing specimen; SOLD










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