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Baktrian Kings, Menander I Soter, AR Drachm, Athena, 160-145 BC

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Origin:
Indo-Greek Kingdom
Authority:
Menander I Soter
Denomination:
AR Drachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
160-145 BC
Obverse:
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ ('of King Menander the Saviour'), heroic bust of Menander, viewed from behind, head turned to left
Reverse:
Athena advancing left, brandishing thunderbolt and holding shield, Karosthi legend around, monogram in field to right
Size:
16mm, 2.4g, 2h
Grade:
aVF, lightly toned
References:
Sear 7602; SNG Copenhagen 299-302 var. (monogram)
General Information:
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.
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