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    Astounding Eucratides Portrait

    GRECO-BACTRIAN KINGDOM. Eucratides I (ca. 170-145 BC). AR tetradrachm (32mm, 17.01 gm, 12h).  Early issue, ca. 170-160 BC. Diademed and draped bust of Eucratides right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ EUKPATIΔOY, Dioscuri on horseback right, carrying spears and palm fronds; Δ to left, monogram to right. HGC 12, 130. Bopearachchi Série 1F. Amazing portrait, incredibly detailed strike. NGC MS? 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The California Collection. 

    This remarkable piece exemplifies the astonishing quality of portraiture achieved in the far-flung Greco-Bactrian realm, encompassing Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern India. The die work is truly masterful, conveying the ruler's ferocious determination with no extraneous details, while the reverse scene of the Dioscuri on rearing horses is executed with precision and energy. How and why a school of supremely talented coin smiths established a presence so far from the Greek homeland remains an enduring mystery. 


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    January, 2015
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