INDO-SCYTHIAN, AZES II Silver tetradrachm, Zeus right type, Senior 99.61. CHOICE!

Ancient Coins - INDO-SCYTHIAN, AZES II Silver tetradrachm, Zeus right type, Senior 99.61. 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 9.64 gm.
Diameter 23 mm.
Die axis 10 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.
Prix SKU: 627.10
US$ 95.00
  • € 80.34
  • £ 68.70
  • AUD 129.78
  • CHF 87.13
  • CAD 120.55

Cotation au: 09/17/21

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