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Indo-Greek Kingdom, Hippostratos, c. 65 - 55 B.C.
The quantity and quality of Hippostratos' coinage indicates a quite powerful king. He seems to have initially fought successfully against the Indo-Scythian invaders led by Azes I. He was, however, ultimately defeated and became the last western Indo-Greek king.
SH56743. Silver tetradrachm, SNG ANS 1624 var. (normal M), Bopearachchi 7 var. (exergue control letter not listed), Mitchiner IGIS 445 var. (same), aVF, Hazara(?) mint, weight 9.340g, maximum diameter 28.3mm, die axis 0o
, obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY ΣΩTHPOΣ, IΠΠOΣTPATOY (M as eta
), diademed and draped bust right; reverse Kharosthi legend: maharajasa tratarasa mahatasa jayamtasa Hipustratasa, Hippostratos on horseback right, wearing crested helmet and military garb; Kharosthi letters left and in exergue, monogram right; variant not in sources consulted, SNG ANS notes otherwise unpublished for the similar type with a normal M; very rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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