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bgr_905538 - BACTRIA - BACTRIAN KINGDOM - EUCRATIDES I Obole

BACTRIA - BACTRIAN KINGDOM - EUCRATIDES I Obole AU
320.00 €(Approx. 348.80$ | 268.80£)
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Type : Obole
Date: c. 140 AC.
Mint name / Town : Balkh
Metal : silver
Diameter : 11,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 0,72 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée. Joli buste. Patine gris foncé
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé, drapé et cuirassé d’Eucratide à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant.

Reverse


Reverse description : Les bonnets des Dioscures timbrés d’une étoile, ornés d’une palme.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS// EUKRATID.U// (HA).
Reverse translation : (du Roi Eucratide).

Historical background


BACTRIA - BACTRIAN KINGDOM - EUCRATIDES I

(170-145 BC)

It is up to O. Bopearachchi to have confirmed the existence of two Eucratids. He has completely revised the chronology of these kings who reigned on the borders of Hellenism, at the gates of India, on the borders of present-day Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Eucratides I succeeded in maintaining himself for more than 30 years in a fragmented state where numerous usurpations took place, including that of Menander. Eucratides I was assassinated in 145 by one of his sons. The type with a helmeted bust and the Dioscuri on the reverse is well known from the gold coin of 20 staters, weighing 169.20 g and which is the largest preserved Greek gold coin. It was bought for 30,000 gold francs in 1867 on the personal cassette of Napoleon III and is kept in the Cabinet des Médailles in Paris..

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