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Indo Greeks: Hermaois, Drachm, Bop 3
« on: January 18, 2014, 06:02:58 AM »
Hermaios, Siver Drachm, 17mm, 2.45g, Diademed bust type, Bop 3


Obv: Diademed bust of Hermaious right; Legend in Greek around

Rev: Zeus-Mithra seated enthroned facing 3/4 to left, making benediction gesture and holding sceptre; monogram to the right; circular legend in Kharoshti around "Maharajasa Tratarasa Heramayasa" (of Great King Hermaois the Saviour)

Hermaios is considered the last Indo-Greek King who was ousted by the Skythian tribal groups and ultimately the Kushans.

See the Wiki link for more on Hermaios.

The coin has nice centering of the bust and legend.
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Re: Indo Greeks: Hermaois, Drachm, Bop 3
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2014, 10:58:33 AM »
With Hermaios it is always the question whether the coin is issued during the lifetime of the ruler or posthumous. This looks a quite early portrait. Also interesting monogram ! This seems specific for Hemaios (nomogram type Whitehead 88)

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Re: Indo Greeks: Hermaois, Drachm, Bop 3
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2014, 12:04:48 PM »
Sharp and detailed strike. Very nice indeed. For the sake of completeness, the Greek legend is (below) ΕΡΜΑΙΟΥ (above) Β.ΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ - Ermaiou basileos sotiros - of Hermaios king saviour.

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Re: Indo Greeks: Hermaois, Drachm, Bop 3
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2014, 04:52:17 PM »
Thanks Anthony - yes, i too found the monogram interesting!

Thanks Peter for translating the legend that was all Greek ;) to me.
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