Indo-Parthian: Drachms of Gondophares I (c. 20-50)

Started by Overlord, October 25, 2008, 06:49:15 AM

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Overlord

Both coins I have appear pretty similar to the ones here. Could anyone please provide info on the legends? (According to the URL cited above, the legends are in Greek on the obverse and Karosthi on the reverse.)

Coin 1
Obverse Bearded bust, right.


Reverse Pallas standing right with thunderbolt and shield.


Coin 2 (Jammu?)
Obverse Bearded bust, right.


Reverse Pallas standing right with thunderbolt and shield.

Rangnath

I love bi-lingual coins in general. Yours shure has an interesting combo. Thanks for sharing it Overlord.
richie

Oesho

These are indeed AE drachms of Gondophares I. Such crude drachms originate from the Pathankot area in the Punjab. The debased Greek legend on the obverse is almost entirely off the flan. The kharosthi legend on the reverse shows more characters, but is still fragmentary. Important are the two control marks to the left and right of the standing figure, Athena. They are the basic elements to atribute these coins.
Ref.: Senior type #222. MAC#2636-2641
Senior = R.C. Senior: A Catalogue of Indo-Scythian Coins, 3 vol. (Glastonbury 2000)
MAC = Michael Mitchiner, The Ancient and Classical World, London 1978.

Overlord

Thanks a ton, Oesho. I would love to hear a bit more about the control marks though. What did they represent and what was their purpose?