INDO-SCYTHIAN, AZES II Silver tetradrachm, Zeus right type. CHOICE!

Ancient Coins - INDO-SCYTHIAN, AZES II Silver tetradrachm, Zeus right type. CHOICE!
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Obverse King mounted on horse right, holding whip, Kharoshthi letter ti  at right, Greek legend around: BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛOY / AZOY
Reverse Zeus standing right, holding right hand outstretched, holding sceptre in left, monogram at left, Kharoshthi letter si  right, Kharoshthi legend around: Maharajasa rajarajasa mahatasa / Ayasa
Date c. 1st century BCE
Weight 9.67 gm.
Diameter 24 mm.
Die axis 2 o'clock
Reference MIG 828, Sen 99.61T
Comments Mitchiner identifies the deity on the reverse as Poseidon, perhaps on the strength of the trident-like sceptre, but Senior identifies the figure as Zeus. A CHOICE coin!

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.
Price SKU: 627.06
US$ 95.00
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