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Indo-Scythian Kingdom, Azes, AR Tetradrachm, c. 58-12 BC

225.00 AUD

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:
Ex Pegasi Numismatics Auction 37 (14 November 2017), Lot 294
Reference:
Senior 105.194TD; cf. BMC India [Azes] 1 (for type)
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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