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Soter Megas AE Unit with Ardoxsho and Nandipada symbol
« on: January 20, 2014, 12:59:06 PM »
Dear Colleagues, would appreciate your comments on this piece, 1.59 g, 13-14 mm.
To me it looks like Ardoxsho standing on obverse with vase (or altar?)in front and Nandipada symbol in left field.
Revers seems to depict a warrior (Heracles?) with kharoshthi letter "vi" in front
Ups...will post the image later :(

Turns to be Soter Megas :)
Already found an equivalent on ZENO...mine is posted right there: http://www.zeno.ru/showphoto.php?photo=134503

« Last Edit: January 20, 2014, 03:39:49 PM by Quant.Geek »

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Re: Soter Megas AE Unit with Ardoxsho and Nandipada symbol
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 02:45:00 PM »
Hi Vaxtankava !
I very much like the coin as you show on Zeno. Very elegant portrait.
You are rapidly becoming the rare early Kushan specialist !

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Re: Soter Megas AE Unit with Ardoxsho and Nandipada symbol
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 03:05:26 PM »
Hi Vaxtankava !
I very much like the coin as you show on Zeno. Very elegant portrait.
You are rapidly becoming the rare early Kushan specialist !

Thanks a lot for your comments, dear THCoins :)

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Re: Soter Megas AE Unit with Ardoxsho and Nandipada symbol
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2014, 11:55:34 AM »
Fantastic post, vaxtankava. Many, if not most of us will never see such coins, not even in museums, except here. Thanks for posting.

Peter
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Re: Soter Megas AE Unit with Ardoxsho and Nandipada symbol
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2014, 03:23:08 PM »
A very interesting thing about this coin is also that it is a bit different from all the other zeno types. In the majority the standing soldier has his bent arm with the hand next to his waist and seems to be holding a cloth. In this one the hand is in front of his groin. There is something below his left elbow (next to the Vi character), but this seems to have no relation with the figure and more looks like Kharoshti number 100.

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Re: Soter Megas AE Unit with Ardoxsho and Nandipada symbol
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2014, 05:50:12 PM »
Dear Colleagues, thanks a lot for your comments! I also find this piece remarkably detailed, so that one can clearly identify the Deity as Ardoxsho holding cornucopia (for comparison a reverse of Huvishka stater). 

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Re: Soter Megas AE Unit with Ardoxsho and Nandipada symbol
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2014, 05:58:25 PM »
I also looked at some other pictures, also because of the square headdress. This also is present on onther specimen:

http://numismatics.org/collectionimages/19001949/1944/1944.100.63675.rev.width350.jpg

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Re: Soter Megas AE Unit with Ardoxsho and Nandipada symbol
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2014, 05:39:44 PM »
A very interesting thing about this coin is also that it is a bit different from all the other zeno types. In the majority the standing soldier has his bent arm with the hand next to his waist and seems to be holding a cloth. In this one the hand is in front of his groin. There is something below his left elbow (next to the Vi character), but this seems to have no relation with the figure and more looks like Kharoshti number 100.

I think it might be a cloth (lion skin?), but weakly struck. But indeed the stile of this coin is quite different from other ZENO specimens. Here is another AE Unit, I think it has more Greek/Roman-styled pattern. May be the die for this coin was manufactured by a Bactrian Greek, and for the first one - by local craftsman, who knows...
« Last Edit: January 24, 2014, 05:54:53 PM by vaxtankava »

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Re: Soter Megas AE Unit with Ardoxsho and Nandipada symbol
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2014, 05:55:01 PM »
This last one indeed looks more Greek in style. Your hypothesis sound very plausible.