INDO-GREEK: Menander I Silver drachm, spearthruster type with Athena right. SCARCE and CHOICE!

Ancient Coins - INDO-GREEK: Menander I Silver drachm, spearthruster type with Athena right. SCARCE and CHOICE!
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Obverse Diademed bust of king left, seen from behind, holding spear in thrust position in right hand, aegis on left shoulder, Greek legend around: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ // MENANΔPOY
Reverse Athena Alkidemos standing right, holding aegis on outstretched left arm, hurling thunderbolt with right hand, monogram at left, Kharoshthi legend around: Maharajasa tratarasa // Menamdrasa
Date c. 160-130 BCE
Weight 2.40 gm.
Diameter 18-19 mm.
Die axis 12 o'clock
Reference MIG 221b, Bop 6, SNG ANS 702-22
Comments The "heroic" spearthruster drachms of Menander are much sought after. They vary by whether Athena on the reverse is facing left or right; the right-facing coins (such as this one) are much scarcer than the left-facing ones. A further distinction is made between coins where the legends on both sides of the coin are continuous or interrupted (as this one is). A CHOICE specimen on an unusually large flan!
Precio SKU: 626.30
US$ 175.00
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  • CHF 155.07
  • CAD 222.50

Cotización al: 01/24/21

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