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Bactria, the Indo-Greeks and Kushans

Aes Grave

About 250 bc Diodotos, satrap of the Seleukid province of Bactria, revolted  and established the independent Greek  kingdom of Bactria, which lay mostly in what is now Afghanistan.

The Bactrian kings fought to maintain independence from the Seleukids, later from the Parthians, and to expand their domain into India. Coins with Indian themes and legends on the reverse were issued, including some unusual issues - square silver and bronze coins, and the first nickel coins.

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Demetrios
King of Bactria 205-171 bc

After Eukratides was overthrown (135 bc) much of Bactria was overrun by Scythian nomads. What remained of Alexander's conquests was now largely in India, and gradually became absorbed by Indian culture.

The last Greek king, Hermaios, was defeated by the Kushan ruler Kujula Kadphises in 1 bc ending more than 300 years of Greek rule in northwest India. Coins of the Kushan dynasties are included on this page because of stylistic similarities.

 

   

G7733* 0220 Indo-Greek, Hermaios: AE 25 Tetradrachm
$40.00
Obv.
Diad. bust r.
Rev.
MAHARAJASA TRATARASA HERAMAYASA
Zeus enthroned facing
9.71 g
Sear 7733v, SNGC 362-364. Posthumous. somewhat porous, otherwise good F

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G7745* 1711 Indo-Scythian, Aziles I: AR 28 Tetradrachm
$450.00
Obv. Β Α Σ Ι Λ Ε Ω Σ   Β Α Σ Ι Λ Ε Ω Ν   Μ Ε Γ Α Λ Ο Υ  
Α Ζ Ι Λ Ι C Ο Υ

King riding right, hldg. lance
Rev. Same legend in Karosthi script
City-goddess stg. l.
9.54 g
MACW 2273v. EF

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G7745* 2604 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$150.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Poseidon stg. r.
9.74 g
Mitchiner 828a. EF

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G7745* 2605 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$150.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.43 g
Mitchiner 848d. EF

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G7745* 2606 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$150.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.56 g
Mitchiner 848i. EF

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G7745* 2607 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Poseidon stg. r.
9.43 g
Mitchiner 828a. good VF

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G7745* 2608 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.66 g
Mitchiner 848i. good VF

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G7745* 2609 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Poseidon stg. r.
9.67 g
Mitchiner 828a. good VF

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G7745* 2610 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.23 g
Mitchiner 848k. good VF

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G7745* 2611 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Poseidon stg. r.
9.43 g
Mitchiner 828a. good VF

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G7745* 2612 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.33 g
Mitchiner 848dk. good VF

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G7745* 2613 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.36 g
Mitchiner 848k. good VF

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G7745* 2614 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.59 g
Mitchiner 848d. good VF

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G7745* 2615 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.53 g
Mitchiner 848d. good VF

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G7745* 2616 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.61 g
Mitchiner 848d. good VF

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G7745* 2617 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.46 g
Mitchiner 848k. good VF

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G7745* 2618 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.43 g
Mitchiner 848k. good VF

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G7745* 2619 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.34 g
Mitchiner 848k. good VF

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G7745* 2620 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.40 g
Mitchiner 848k. good VF

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G7745* 2621 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.25 g
Mitchiner 848k. good VF

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G7745* 2622 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.16 g
Mitchiner 848k. good VF

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G7745* 2623 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.71 g
Mitchiner 848d. good VF

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G7745* 2624 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.43 g
Mitchiner 848d. good VF

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G7745* 2625 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.43 g
Mitchiner 848k. good VF

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G7745* 2626 Indo-Scythian, Azes II: AR 25 Tetradrachm
$100.00
Obv.
King riding right
Rev.
MAHARAJASA RAJARAJASA MAHATASA AYASA
Pallas stg. r.
9.73 g
Mitchiner 848i. good VF

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