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Live auction - bgr_578410 - BACTRIA - BACTRIAN KINGDOM - EUCRATIDES I Tétradrachme

BACTRIA - BACTRIAN KINGDOM - EUCRATIDES I Tétradrachme XF
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Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 150 AC.
Mint name / Town : Bactres, Bactrinae
Metal : silver
Diameter : 33 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,64 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Fine usure régulière. Joli revers. Patine grise
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant du stock de J-B Vigne

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste casqué, cornu, drapé et cuirassé à droite, entouré de la stemma.

Reverse


Reverse description : Les Dioscures galopant à droite, tenant chacun une javeline ; dans le champ à droite, une javeline.
Reverse legend : BASILEWS MEGALOU// EUKRATIDOU// (PA).
Reverse translation : (du grand roi Eucratide).

Commentary


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Pour Eucratide qui eut un monnayage très important, il existe de nombreuses séries de tétradrachmes de poids attique. Notre pièce appartient au second groupe dont O. Bopearachchi a relevé 34 monogrammes différents. Pour ce groupe, outre des tétradrachmes unilingues grec, on rencontre aussi des pièces en or et des tétradrachmes indiens bilingues.

Historical background


BACTRIA - Bactrian kingdom - I Eucratides

(170-145 BC)

He returned to O. Bopearachchi have confirmed two Eucratides. It has completely revised the chronology of these kings that reigned on the borders of Hellenism, the gateway to India, to the frontiers of current Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Eucratides I managed to stay for more than 30 years in a fragmented state where many were held including the theft of Menander. Eucratides I was assassinated in 145 by one of his son. The type having a helmeted bust and the Dioscuri on the reverse is well known thanks to the gold coin 20 staters, weighing 169.20 g and is the largest Greek gold coin preserved. It was purchased in 1867 or 30 000 F on personal cassette Napoleon III and is preserved in the Cabinet of medals Paris.

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