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    Graeco-Baktrian Kingdom. Eukratides I. Ca. 171-145 B.C. AR drachm, (19 mm, 4.06 g, 12 h). Scythian imitation. ca. 130-80 B.C. Diademed, helmeted and draped bust of Eukratides I right; bull's ear and horn on helmet / The Dioskouroi on horseback right, holding spears; below, monogram. Cf. Senior A19; cf. Bopearachchi series 7; cf. SNG ANS 475-483. Good VF, toned, good metal quality.

    Eukratides I overthrew the Graeco-Bactrian Euthydemid dynasty and established himself as king in Baktria. He was famous in antiquity as a warlike ruler who expanded his territory south of the Hindu Kush, where he defeated the Indo-Greek king, Demetrios (I or II). Despite his power, he was deeply resented by one of his sons, who murdered him and reportedly drove his chariot through the king's spilled blood while proclaiming his death a service to the state. The helmeted portrait on this coin advertises Eukratides as a conqueror of India. Ironically, these types were favored for imitation by the later Yuezhi conquerors of Baktria.


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