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    Extremely rare 8 unit bilingual

    INDO-GREEK KINGDOMS. Bactria. Eucratides I the Great (ca. 170-145 BC). AE octuple unit (35mm, 30.10 gm). XF, tooled. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟY ΕΥΚΡΑΤΙΔΟΥ,  Diademed and draped bust of Eucratides I right, wearing crested helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear / Maharajasa Evukratidasa (Kharosthi), the Dioscuri on rearing horses right, holding palms and spears; AT monogram in lower right field. Bopearachchi -; cf. Bopearachchi and Rahman 266-267; cf. SNG ANS 534. 

    No bilingual octuples with the Dioscuri on the reverse were known when Bopearachchi published his catalogue in 1991. Since then, four specimens have appeared: two examples from the Mir Zakah II Hoard and one reported in an ANS Newsletter (Winter 1993), p. 4. CNG Mail Bid 72, Lot 1039 is the fourth, and the only one with a clear monogram other than the present example.


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