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    The Mysterious Philoxenus

    INDO-GREEK KINGDOMS. Philoxenus (ca. 100-95 BC). AR Indic tetradrachm (9.82 gm). BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANIKHTOY ΦIΛOΞENOY, helmeted and diademed bust of Philoxenus left, wearing aegis over left shoulder and hurling spear held in right hand / 'Maharasha apadihatasa Philasinasa' in Karosthi script, Philoxenus in cavalry armor galloping right on horseback, holding couched spear, monogram and Σ below. SNG ANS Bactria 1198. Very rare! An exceptional specimen of this rare ruler. Perfectly struck in excellent metal. Choice mint state.

    Like most Indo-Greek rulers following Menander, whose reign ended circa 130 BC, Philoxenus "The Invincible" is an enigma wrapped in a mystery. His rare coinage is found primarily in the Punjab, where his reign seems to have been centered. His reverse type echoes ones used on coins of Antimachus II as much as six decades earlier, which may point to a dynastic connection with the earlier ruler. The scarcity of his coinage indicates his reign must have been brief. Bopearachchi dates his reign to circa 100-95 BC. The obverse of this rare issue is clearly modeled on the great "heroic" tetradrachms of Eucratides, king of Greco-Bactria circa 170-145 BC.


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    September, 2011
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