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Indo-Scythian Kingdom, Azes, AE Tetradrachm, c. 58-20 BC

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Origin: Indo-Scythian Kingdom, India, Taxila mint
Authority: Azes I-II
Denomination: Tetrdrachm
Composition: Bronze
Date: circa 58-12 BC
Obverse: BASILEWS BASILEWN MEGALOU AZOU, Humped Brahman bull (zebu) walking right, Whitehead symbol 15 (Z in square) above
Reverse: Kharosthi "jha" to right / Kharosthi legend, Lion or leopard standing right, Whitehead symbol 26 above
Size: 25.2 mm, 12.2 g
Grade: aVF
References: Whitehead 259; BMC p. 86, 141.
General: The Indo-Scythians were Scythians (Iranian Eurasian nomads), who migrated into Western South Asia in the 2nd century BC to 4th century AD. Azes I was a ruler of the Indo-Scythians. More recently it is theorised that Azes I and Azes II may in fact be the one and same person. Azes II is speculated to be one of the 3 wise men who visited Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.
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