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Drachm of Indo-Greek, Menander

Silver drachm, 17mm, 2.40gm, issued c. 160-145 BC. Pushkalavati mint.

Obv: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣOTHPOS MENANΔPOY, Diademed bust facing right.

Rev: Athena to left with shield and thunderbolt, monogram in right field, Karosthi legend around.

References: Sear 7602.

Menander was the ruler of the Bactrian kingdom left behind after Alexander's conquests who conquered and expanded into the Punjab area of India. He is one of the few Bactrian kings known from Greek and Indian sources outside their coinage - he is known in Indian legends as Milinda, and was believed to be Buddhist..

2011NBL4678b   |   Extremely Fine   |   AUD 220   |   (in cart)