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Offline Finn235

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Unusual imitation of Indo-Greek, Apollodotus II?
« on: November 14, 2017, 05:04:08 PM »
Never seen a coin like this one.

India, local imitation of Apollodotus II, ca. 85-0 BC?
AR "drachm" 16mm, 0.92g
Degenerate head right wearing diadem, garbled legends
Bottom part of Athena Alkidemos, Kharosthi around, box monogram

Unpublished?

Anyone seen one like it before? I was tempted at first to think it was one of the rare, late Indo-Greek kings, but I think only Apollodotus II used Athena with that box-shaped monogram on the reverse.

The weight is also curious - less than half of what a drachm should weigh, and easily apparent from its very thin flan. This clearly wasn't meant to fool anyone, unless it was intended to be used as a hemidrachm?

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Re: Unusual imitation of Indo-Greek, Apollodotus II?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 06:36:04 PM »
Intrigueing find ! Not one i have ever seen. before. I guess you are correct in your assessment that it is an inofficial copy.  Because of the Kharosti letter in the right field opposite the monogram i would think it is a bit later than Apollodotus II. But difficult to date and attribute for sure.

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Re: Unusual imitation of Indo-Greek, Apollodotus II?
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017, 12:54:06 PM »
Great find, Finn. Excellent to have it here and in the index, where it is accessible for everyone.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.