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Live auction - bgr_431855 - BACTRIA - BACTRIAN KINGDOM - EUCRATIDES I Tétradrachme

BACTRIA - BACTRIAN KINGDOM - EUCRATIDES I Tétradrachme AU
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Estimate : 1 500 €
Price : 780 €
Maximum bid : 780 €
End of the sale : 13 June 2017 14:27:19
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Tétradrachme
Date: c. 170-160 AC.
Mint name / Town : Bactres, Bactriane
Metal : silver
Diameter : 32,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 16,95 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large, bien centré des deux côtés avec la stemma bien visible. Beau buste d’Eucratide Ier. Joli revers de style fin. Patine de collection ancienne avec des reflets mordorés
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé, drapé et cuirassé d’Eucratide Ier à droite, entouré de la stemma.

Reverse


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

Commentary


Ce type semble plus rare que celui au buste casqué. C’est la première fois que nous le proposons à la vente avec ce type de monogramme.

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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