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SOLD: Indo-Scythian Kingdom, Azes, AR Tetradrachm, c. 58-12 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: King on horseback right, holding spear in right hand and reigns in left; to right, Kharosthi letter (Ji)
Reverse: Maharajasa rajarajasa mahatasa Ayasa (Kharosthi legend), Zeus left, holds in right hand, wreath-bearing Nike; in left, long sceptre; to left and right, Kharosthi letters
Size: 25.07mm, 9.0g, 1h
Grade: gVF, toned, tight flan, well centred
Rarity: rare
Rarity Details: the only specimen in online auction archives, obverse / reverse combination not in ANS or BMC online databases
Provenance: Pedigreed: Ex Pegasi Numismatics Auction 37 (14 November 2017), Lot 294
References: Senior 105.194TD; cf. BMC India [Azes] 1 (for type)
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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