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Indo-Scythian Kingdom, Azes II, c. 35 B.C. - 5 A.D.
Azes II may have been the last Indo-Scythian king in the northern Indian subcontinent (Pakistan). Indo-Scythian rule crumbled under the conquests of the Kushans who expanded into India to create the Kushan Empire. Senior and Hoover now believe Azes II did not exist and attribute all Azes coins to Azes I or as posthumous imitative issues. A type attributed to Azes I has been found overstruck on a coin traditionally attributed to Azes II, supporting their hypothesis.
WA72209. Silver drachm, Fröhlich 276; Mitchiner IGIS, volume 6, 848k; Senior 98.374, HGC 12 637, VF, Taxila Sirsukh mint, weight 9.514g, maximum diameter 24.1mm, die axis 315o
, c. 35 B.C. - 5 A.D.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛOY AZOY, king riding right on horseback, raising right hand, whip over shoulder in left hand, Karosthi letter Sam
before horse; reverse Kharosthi legend: Maharajasa rajatirajasa mahatasa Ayasa (of great king, king of kings, Azes the Great), Pallas Athena standing right, raising right hand, shield on left arm, transverse spear in left hand, Karosthi monogram left, Karosthi monogram right; SOLD
Catalog current as of Friday, August 23, 2019.
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