Lot of 10 Nice Indo-Greek and Local Imitative Bronze Coins
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; , ; $350.00 (€311.50)
Baktrian Kingdom, Euthydemos I Theos , c. 225 - 195 B.C.
Euthydemus was allegedly a native of Magnesia and a son of General Apollodotus. According to Polybius, Euthydemus was a of Sogdiana who ousted the dynasty of Diodotus from and made himself . His kingdom seems to have been substantial, including Sogdiana to the , and Margiana and Ariana to the south or east of . When Antiochus III the Great attacked in 208 B.C., Euthydemus lost the Battle of the Arius but then resisted a three-year siege in the fortified city of Bactra. Euthydemus negotiated peace asserting that he toppled the descendants of the rebel Diodotus and provided a barrier to barbarian invasions. Antiochus decided to recognize him as , and offered one of his daughters to Euthydemus' son Demetrius.AW73959. Bronze double unit, AK-1, series 17, 147, 87, 7523, 53 (R1), F, thick with beveled edge, corrosion, 7.245 g, maximum 23.4 mm, 45o, Ai Khanoum mint, c. 225 - 208/6 B.C.; bearded of Herakles right; horse prancing right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ above, EYΘY∆HMOY below; ; $120.00 (€106.80)
Kushan Empire, Kanishka I the Great, c. 127 - 150 A.D.
Kanishka I the Great ruled an empire in extending from Turfan in the Tarim Basin to Pataliputra on the Gangetic plain, c. 127 - 150 A.D., with his capital at Purusapura in Gandhara. He is famous for his military, political, and spiritual achievements. His conquests and patronage of Buddhism played an important role in the development of the Silk Road, and the transmission of Mahayana Buddhism from Gandhara across the Karakoram range to China. AW84802. Bronze , 768, 3077, 46, 68, aVF, thick , some, 17.632 g, maximum 24.8 mm, 315o, Purusapura(?) mint, c. 128 - 150 A.D.; Bactrian : PAO KA-NhPW ( Kanishka), standing half left, diademed left, sacrificing at at feet on left, long vertical in left hand; sun god Mithra standing left, around , raising right hand commanding , left hand on sword hilt at side, tamgha left, Bactrian : MIIRO curving downward on right; ; $80.00 (€71.20)
Indo-Scythian Kingdom, Azes II, c. 35 B.C. - 5 A.D.
Azes II may have been the last Indo-Scythian in the northern Indian subcontinent (modern day Pakistan). Indo-Scythian rule crumbled under the conquests of the Kushans who expanded into India to create the Kushan Empire. and Hoover now believe Azes II did not exist and attribute all Azes coins to Azes I or as imitative issues. A attributed to Azes I has been found on a coin traditionally attributed to Azes II, supporting their hypothesis. WA90095. Bronze hexachalkon, 102.193, 2386, 850f, 657, aVF, 12.825 g, maximum 29.4 mm, 135o, Taxila Sirsukh B(?) mint, c. 35 B.C. - 5 A.D.; BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛOY AZOY ( of Kings, Azes the Great), humped bull standing right, above, letter "jha" before forelegs; : Ayasa (great , of kings, Azes the Great), mane-less standing right, above; ex Ancient Imports; $70.00 (€62.30)
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