Indo-Greek: Hermaios AR tetradrachm, helmeted type. RARE LIFETIME ISSUE and CHOICE!

Ancient Coins - Indo-Greek: Hermaios AR tetradrachm, helmeted type. RARE LIFETIME ISSUE and CHOICE!
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Obverse Helmeted bust of king right, Greek legend around: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ // EPMAIOY
Reverse Zeus-Mithra enthroned three-quarters left, holding sceptre in left arm and gesturing with outstretched right hand, monogram at left, Kharoshthi legend around: Maharajasa tratarasa / Heramayasa
Date c. 90-70 BCE
Weight 9.70 gm.
Diameter 29 mm.
Die axis 12 o'clock
Reference MIG 412 var, Bop 4 var
Comments
The vast bulk of the Hermaios coinage consists of posthumous issues, the lifetime issues, especially the helmeted type, are RARE! 
 
Although the figure on the reverse is normally described as Zeus, it is very clear from the radiate head on this coin that Mithra was intended, or at least a syncretic version of Zeus which encompassed Mithra.
 
This CHOICE example carries a monogram not listed by Bopearachchi, although it is monogram F in the bare-headed type. From my personal collection.
Price SKU: 692.28
US$ 2,450.00
  • € 2,195.45
  • £ 1,830.15
  • AUD 3,462.34
  • CHF 2,281.20
  • CAD 3,108.80

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