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    Spectacular Mint State Eucratides

    Eucratides I the Great (ca. 170-145 BC). AR tetradrachm (32mm, 16.94 gm, 12h). Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, wearing crested Bactrian helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟY ΕΥΚΡΑΤΙΔΟΥ, the Dioscuri on rearing horses right, each holding palm branch and wearing pileus, monogram before. Bopearachchi Série 6X. SNG ANS 472. Boldly struck on an immense flan and fully lustrous. With an expressive portrait and an incredibly detailed reverse! NGC MS 5/5 - 5/5.

    Here Eucratides adopts the famous Bactrian-style helmet, closely resembling a modern pith helmet, that would become his trademark and inspire a host of imitators. He also appoints himself Megas, "The Great," in imitation of Alexander, the first Greek conqueror to penetrate Bactria (roughly modern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan). 


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    April, 2013
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