Menander I Soter
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ ('of King Menander the Saviour'), heroic bust of Menander, viewed from behind, head turned to left
Athena standing right, brandishing thunderbolt and holding aegis, Karosthi legend around, monogram in field to left
16mm, 2.4g, 12h
gVF, darkly toned
Menander I Soter ('the Saviour') is the best-known of the Indo-Greek Kings. He ruled the areas south of the Hindu Kush. His reign was long and successful as evidenced by the many coins minted during his time still being discovered today. Born to a Greek family he later converted to Buddhism. His coins have inscriptions in Greek and also Karosthi, an ancient script used in ancient Gandhara and Central Asia. This ancient Indo-Greek coin has a perfectly struck obverse. Nicely toned on both sides.