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Alexander's successors in India became increasingly isolated and eventually became an island of Hellenic people, completely cut off from their western kinsman. Surrounded on all sides, they succumbed to the superior numbers of local people and disappeared from history.


Indo-Greek Kingdom, Menander, c. 155 - 130 B.C.

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SH32811. Silver tetradrachm, SGCV II 7600, SNG ANS 764, VF, weight 9.743 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 0o, obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ MENAN∆POY, diademed and draped bust of King right; reverse Kharosthi legend around, Athena standing left, brandishing thunderbolt in right hand, shield on left arm, monograms in fields; SOLD


Baktrian Indo-Greek Kingdom, Antialkidas Nikephoros, c. 130 - 120 B.C.

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AW40714. Silver drachm, SNG ANS 1078, SGCV II 7630, SNG Cop 317 var. (monogram), EF, weight 2.388 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, c. 130 - 120 B.C.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ NIKHΦOPOY ANTIAΛKI∆OY, diademed and draped bust right, wearing crested helmet; reverse Kharosthi legend around, Zeus Nikator enthroned half left, Nike in right hand, scepter in left hand, elephant forepart at feet, monogram behind; SOLD


Lot of 10 Nice Indo-Greek and Local Imitative Bronze Coins

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LT85097. Bronze Lot, 10 nice Indo-Greek and local imitative bronze coins, nice coins, 13 - 23mm, unattributed, no tags or flips, the actual coin in the photograph; as-is, no returns; SOLD


Baktrian Indo-Greek Kingdom, Antialkidas Nikephoros, c. 130 - 120 B.C.

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GS80370. Silver drachm, SGCV II 7629, SNG Cop 318 ff., SNG ANS 1078, VF, weight 2.443 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 315o, obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ NIKHΦOPOY ANTIAΛKI∆OY, diademed and draped bust right, wearing kausia; reverse Kharosthi legend around, Zeus Nikator enthroned half left, Nike in right hand, scepter in left hand, elephant forepart at feet, monogram under throne; SOLD


Indo-Greek Kingdom, Menander I Soter, c. 155 - 130 B.C.

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Menander was in charge of the eastern Baktria, including modern Punjab and perhaps other regions deeper into Indian land. He expanded his influence further more into India where he is mentioned in several sources such as Milindanpanha and Mahavamsa, and an inscription on a reliquary. The tradition maintains that he was a wise and powerful King and that he converted to Buddhism. This is further evidenced by his later coin legends which translate to "follower of the Dharma."
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SH58759. Silver drachm, SNG ANS 733, Mitchiner IGIS 224e, Bopearachchi Smithsonian 68, Bopearachchi 7B, SNG Cop 301, HGC 12 188 (S), aEF, old cabinet toning, weight 2.397 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 0o, Paropamisadai or Gandhara, uncertain mint, c. 155 - 130 B.C.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ MENAN∆POY, diademed heroic bust left, from behind, wearing aegis over shoulder, brandishing spear in right hand; reverse Kharosthi legend: maharaja tratasa Menadrasa (of Great King Menander the Savior), Athena Alkidemos standing left, brandishing thunderbolt in right hand, sloping shield on left arm, Kharosthi monogram lower right; Mitchiner IGIS 224e,; scarce; SOLD


Indo-Greek Kingdom, Antimachos II Nikephoros, c. 174 - 165 B.C.

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Antimachus II Nikephoros "The Victorious" ruled a vast territory from the Hindu-Kush to the Punjab. He was the son of Antimachus I and probably fought with King Eucratides I, who dethroned his father in Bactria.

Bopearachchi originally dated Antimachus II to 160 - 155 B.C. on numismatic evidence, but revised this to 174-165 B.C. after a unique preserved tax-receipt was revealed to synchronise his reign with that of his father Antimachus I. See J. R. Rea, Senior, R. C. and Hollis, A. S., "A tax receipt from Hellenistic Bactria," Zeitschrift fr Papyrologie und Epigraphik 104 (1994). Senior proposed that "Antimachus II" coins should perhaps be attributed as Indian issues of Antimachus I, but this seems unlikely due to the different epithets and coin types.
GS58768. Silver drachm, Indian-standard; Mitchiner IGIS 135a, SNG ANS 414 - 419, Bopearachchi 1F, Mitchiner ACW 1672, SNG Cop 352 var. (monogram), nice VF, old cabinet toning, weight 2.448 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 0o, Pushkalavati(?) mint, obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ NIKHΦOPOY ANTIMAXOY, Nike advancing left, palm in right, filleted wreath behind in left, monogram lower left; reverse Kharosthi legend: maharajasa jayadharasa Amtimakasa, king in armor on horseback riding right, cloak flying behind; SOLD


Indo-Greek Kingdom, Menander, c. 155 - 130 B.C.

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Menander was in charge of the eastern Baktria, including modern Punjab and perhaps other regions deeper into Indian land. He expanded his influence further more into India where he is mentioned in several sources such as Milindanpanha and Mahavamsa, and an inscription on a reliquary. The tradition maintains that he was a wise and powerful King and that he converted to Buddhism. This is further evidenced by his later coin legends which translate to "follower of the Dharma."
Click here to see an Indian| sculpture of a possible Greek| King.
WA77216. Silver drachm, SNG ANS 808, SNG Cop 290, Bopearachchi Smithsonian 91, Bopearachchi 13O, Mitchiner IGIS 215f, HGC 12 191, gVF, dark toning, marks and scratches, porosity, reverse slightly off center, weight 2.390 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Paropamisadai or Gandhara, uncertain mint, c. 155 - 130 B.C.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ MENAN∆POY, diademed and draped bust right; reverse Kharosthi legend: maharaja tratasa Menadrasa (of Great King Menander the Savior), Athena Alkidemos standing left, brandishing thunderbolt in right hand, shield on left arm, Kharosthi monogram lower right; SOLD


Indo-Greek Kingdom, Menander I Soter, c. 155 - 130 B.C.

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Menander is the most important Greek king who ruled in India and the only Greek king mentioned in Indian literature. Tradition maintains he was a wise and powerful King, who converted to Buddhism. This is further evidenced by his later coin legends which translate, "follower of the Dharma."
GS58756. Silver drachm, SNG ANS 879, Mitchiner IGIS 218c, Bopearachchi Smithsonian 124, Bopearachchi 16I, HGC 12 193, SNG Cop -, VF, old cabinet toning, weight 2.420 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Paropamisadai or Gandhara, uncertain mint, c. 155 - 130 B.C.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ MENAN∆POY, draped bust right, wearing diadem and crested helmet ornamented with bull's horn and ear; reverse Kharosthi legend: Maharajasa Tratarasa Menadrasa, Athena Alkidemos standing left, brandishing thunderbolt in right hand, shield on left arm, Kharosthi monogram right; ex Seaby 5/12/1962; SOLD


Indo-Greek Kingdom, Menander, c. 155 - 130 B.C.

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Menander was in charge of the eastern Baktria, including modern Punjab and perhaps other regions deeper into Indian land. He expanded his influence further more into India where he is mentioned in several sources such as Milindanpanha and Mahavamsa, and an inscription on a reliquary. The tradition maintains that he was a wise and powerful King and that he converted to Buddhism. This is further evidenced by his later coin legends which translate to "follower of the Dharma."
Click here to see an Indian| sculpture of a possible Greek| King.
WA20275. Silver drachm, SNG ANS 879, Bopearachchi Smithsonian 124, Bopearachchi 16I, Mitchiner IGIS 218c, HGC 12 193, SNG Cop -, EF, weight 2.400 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Paropamisadai or Gandhara, uncertain mint, c. 155 - 130 B.C.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ MENAN∆POY, draped bust right, wearing diadem and crested helmet ornamented with bull's horn and ear; reverse Kharosthi legend: maharaja tratasa Menadrasa (of Great King Menander the Savior), Athena Alkidemos standing left, brandishing thunderbolt in right hand, shield on left arm, Kharosthi monogram lower right; SOLD


Indo-Greek Kingdom, Menander I Soter, c. 155 - 130 B.C.

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Menander is the most important Greek king who ruled in India and the only Greek king mentioned in Indian literature. Tradition maintains he was a wise and powerful King, who converted to Buddhism. This is further evidenced by his later coin legends which translate, "follower of the Dharma."
GS59459. Silver drachm, SNG ANS 750, Mitchiner IGIS 224f, Bopearachchi Smithsonian 77, Bopearachchi 9C, SNG Cop 302 HGC 12 189 (R1), gVF, toned, weight 2.476 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Paropamisadai or Gandhara, uncertain mint, c. 155 - 130 B.C.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ MENAN∆POY, diademed heroic bust left, from behind, wearing aegis, thrusting with spear with right; reverse Kharosthi legend: maharaja tratasa Menadrasa (of Great King Menander the Savior), Athena Alkidemos standing left, brandishing thunderbolt in right hand, shield on left arm, Kharosthi monogram lower right; Athena Alkidemos standing left, brandishing thunderbolt in right hand, shield on left arm, Kharosthi monogram lower right; rare; SOLD




  




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REFERENCES|

Bopearachchi, O. Indo-Greek, Indo-Scythian and Indo-Parthian Coins in the Smithsonian Institution. (Washington D.C., 1993).
Bopearachchi, O. Monnaies Grco-Bactriennes et Indo-Grecques. (Paris, 1991).
Bopearachchi, O & A. ur Rahman. Pre-Kushana Coins in Pakistan. (Karachi, 1995).
Lahiri, A.N. Corpus of Indo-Greek Coins. (Calcutta, 1965).
Mitchiner, M. Indo-Greek and Indo-Scythian Coinage. (London, 1975-1976).
Mitchiner, M. Oriental Coins: the Ancient and Classical World. (London, 1978).
Sear, D. Greek Coins and Their Values, Volume 2, Asia and Africa. (London, 1979).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Volume 7: Cyprus to India. (New Jersey, 1982).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Collection of the American Numismatic Society, Part 9: Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek Coins. (New York, 1998).

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