EUCRATIDES I KING OF BACTRIA

Ancient Coins - EUCRATIDES I KING OF BACTRIA
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SILVER TETRADRACHM, 16,10 gm. Royal titles, diademed, draped bust of Eucratides to the right.
Wearing crested Boeotian helmet adorned with bull,s ear and horn./ draped jugate busts right
of Heliocles, bare headed, and Laodice, diademed, HA monogram behind.
Bopearachchi Series 13, A, pl. 19, 68. Mitchiner 182.b.  Hoover 133.
Very rare, and extremely fine. Reverse busts in high relief. Although the top of this beautiful coin is
corroded, the overall condition is extremely fine, with original mintluster and very sharply struck
portraits. The picture is taken under broad daylight without flashlight.  Balkh mint.

Provenance:  From a very old German collection started with the Berlin surgeon of Prince Karl von Preussen.

At this very moment there is a lot of scientific discussion going on about the meaning of this socalled
"pedigree" coinage.  There are more disertations about this subject:

1.    Adrian s. Hollis:  "Laodice mother of Eucratides of Bactria".
2.    Jens Jakobsson. ( see also www.alexandersarvtagare.se).

We do know the pedigree coins of Agathocles and Pantaleon. It,s not sure if Heliocles and Laodice were
his parents. Heliocles bare head indicates that he was not a king ( yet !).
W.W. Tarn identified her as a seleucid princess, maybe the daughter of Seleucus II or even a sister
of Antiochus III The Great. The legend naming Eucratides is in the nominative case, so that it serves
to label his portrait rather than to identify him as the issuing authority of this coinage.
On the other hand the legend naming Heliocles and Laodice is in the genitive, used to indicate
a filial relationship. Also the fabric of these coins indicates that Heliocles and Laodice occupy the obverse.
However they are always described in the opposite manner.
See also:  "The Hellenistic Kingdoms",  Norman Davis and Colin M. Kraay, 146,147,149.  and page 238-239.
               "Jens Jakobsson: The Classical quarterly volume 59-2009-issue 02.pp. 505-510"


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