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Indo-Greek AE Unit of?
« on: November 04, 2014, 10:56:18 AM »
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Re: Indo-Greek AE Unit of?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2014, 07:57:23 PM »
Not much to go by. My best guess: Strato II and/or III, ca 25 BC - 10 AD.
Obv: Apollo standing right holding arrow. Rev: Fire altar, Kharosti letter Pi to left.

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Re: Indo-Greek AE Unit of?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2014, 10:22:29 PM »

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Re: Indo-Greek AE Unit of?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2014, 07:42:00 AM »
Although this is very much more common, this is definitely not Apollodotus I i believe.
Edit; reasons why:
The curve on the left of the figure and its outline suggests Apollo is facing right. On Apollodotus I he faces left.
There seems to be a monogram left to Apollo. This is not present on Apollodotus I coins.
Apollodotus I coins have a beaded border around the fire altar, I see no trace of that here.
The Kharosthi letter left of the fire altar, and the circular shape in the fire altar only is seen in later Indo-Greek rulers, and is not known for Apollodotus I.

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The design looks more like this on on Zeno (That's Hippostratos, also a later Indo-Greek king, no entries under the even later kings. But i still say Strato II because of the monogram letter)
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Re: Indo-Greek AE Unit of?
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2014, 04:31:21 PM »
I can only make out a few characters. On the obverse is what looks part of ΣΩTH(POΣ) (Soteros). I expect to find its equivalent, tratarasa, on the Kharosthi side, but cannot. I can see (in green) Ma---Ja (probably part of Maharajasa) and (in blue) Dha-am or sa, which could probably be part of "Dharmikasa" (pious), but there are usually only two titles there.  :(


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Re: Indo-Greek AE Unit of?
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2014, 06:02:55 PM »
Can not read a thing in the edge inscription. Indicated what i think are the distinguishing features to attribute it to the later Indo-Greek kings, more specific Strato II/III.