INDO-SCYTHIAN, AZES II Silver tetradrachm, Athena reverse, Senior 98.355T. CHOICE!


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Obverse King mounted on horse right, holding whip, Kharoshthi letter jha  at right, Greek legend around: BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛOY / AZOY
Reverse Pallas Athena standing right, holding right hand outstretched, holding spear in left, monograms at left and right, Kharoshthi legend around: Maharajasa rajarajasa mahatasa / Ayasa
Date c. 1st century BCE
Weight 9.75 gm.
Diameter 24.5 mm.
Die axis 10 o'clock
Reference MIG 848d, Sen 98.355T
Comments Nobody knows for sure what the various monograms and Kharoshthi letters signify. A CHOICE coin! From the Dr. Kurt Aterman collection, ex-Monetarium April 1997.

A Note on the tetradrachms of Azes II: Azes II issued a wide array of tetradrachms that can be bewildering even to advanced collectors. The obverse is typically the so-called "KMW" or King mounted with whip. The reverses feature different deities: sometimes Zeus, sometimes Pallas Athena, sometimes a city goddess, and a given deity can be in different poses. The next criteria for differentiation is the monograms and/or letters on the reverse. Finally, there are distinguishing Kharoshthi letters on the obverse in front of the horse.
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