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

|Indo-Greek| |Kingdoms|, |Indo-Greek| |Kingdom,| |Menander| |I| |Soter,| |155| |-| |130| |B.C.||chalkous|NEW
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."
WA97503. Bronze chalkous, Bopearachchi Série 28E, Mitchiner IGIS Type 240a, SNG ANS 923 ff., SNG Cop 310, Mitchiner ACW -, VF, dark green patina, highlighting earthen deposits, scratches, areas of corrosion, weight 3.479 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, chief workshop, Pushkalavati mint, 155 - 130 B.C.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ MENAN∆POΣ, elephant head right, trunk raised, bell suspended from neck; reverse Kharosthi legend: Maharajasa Tratarasa Menandrasa (Great King Savior Menander), club of Herakles, vertical, handle down, monogram lower left, A lower right; $70.00 (€64.40)
 


Macedonian Kingdom, Satrapy of Bactria, Sophytes, c. 315 - 305 B.C.

|Afghanistan| |to| |India|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Satrapy| |of| |Bactria,| |Sophytes,| |c.| |315| |-| |305| |B.C.||drachm|
 
SH26919. Silver drachm, Mitchiner IGIS 29a, SNG ANS 21, superb EF, weight 3.397 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 180o, obverse head of Sophytes right, wearing helmet and olive wreath, side flap ornamented with wing, ligate MNA on bottom of neck truncation; reverse ΣΩΦYTOY, rooster standing right, kerykeion behind; ex CNG 69 (8 June 2005), lot 777, slightly grainy, small flan defect on helmet, very sharp, bold high-relief strike; very rare; SOLD


Kadambas, Hangal, India, Toyimadeva, 1048 - 1075 A.D.

|Afghanistan| |to| |India|, |Kadambas,| |Hangal,| |India,| |Toyimadeva,| |1048| |-| |1075| |A.D.||pagoda|
 
SH12097. Gold pagoda, Friedberg 315, VF, weight 4.343 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, obverse Toyi, Lion walking right looking back; reverse ornamented scroll within an ornamented border; SOLD







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