EUTHYDEMOS II KING OF BAKTRIA

Ancient Coins - EUTHYDEMOS II KING OF BAKTRIA
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EUTHYDEMOS II. CIRCA 190-185 BC. TETRADRACHM ( SILVER, 16,79 g 12).
diademed and draped bust of the king facing right. rev. royal titles. Youthful Heracles
nude but for lionskin over his left arm, standing facing, wearing an ivy wreath and holding
a club in his left hand and a second ivy wreath in his right.  K-P monogram.

Bopearachchi 168, serie 1C. Mitchiner 62, Type 113 d.
SNG Copenhagen 264. Boston 2238.
SNG ANS 216. SNG Lockett 3353. HGCS. 12/72. See also Hoover  72.

Mitchener atributes this coin to the Panjhir atelier, which is not  agreed upon among other scolars. 

A lovely coin, very rare and  struck on a large flan , lighty toned and almost extremely fine .
From a very old Swiss collection. Ex Hess & Divo sale. In May 2014, an identical piece from the
David Walsh collection fetched CHF. 16.000,- See NAC-77-lot 106. 26-05-2014.

The reverse type of Heracles seems to be the badge of the Euthydemid dynasty.
The spread thin flans of these coins are related more closely to those of his
father Demetrios I, than to the thicker flans of Euthydemos I. Eythedemos II seems not to
have reigned for long, for his coins are really rare and the portraits are always youthful and
made by a very gifted diecutter. 
Colin. m. Kraay and Norman Davis refer to his un-Greek face, there is none of his father,s burly
agressiveness. It may be that his mother was a daughter of the Iranian nobility rather than the
Seleucid princess promised by Antiochos the Great. In the event, like his father he proved
no match for Eucratides. Demetrius II in Badakshan also vanishes before long, probably  another
victim of eucratides.
His portrait coinage encapsulates all the qualities thart art historians have come to appreciate
about Indo - Greek and Graeco - Bactrian portraiture. 
Preis SKU: EUTII
2,550.00
  • US$ 3,007.73
  • £ 2,279.32
  • AUD 3,986.16
  • CHF 2,982.48
  • CAD 3,838.52

Wechselkurs: 11/17/17

Versand aus: Netherlands

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