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Diwali Wishes and Indo-Scythian Collection Additions


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Today is Diwali which is the Indian Festival of Lights.

 

I thought it appropriate to post my Indo-Scythian collection which includes several recent additions.

 

 

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Please feel free to post your coins of ancient India and the region.

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Azes I, Tetradrachm of the Indo-Skythian Kingdom Period ca. 58/12 BC, Material: Silver, Diameter: 24mm, Weight: 9.73g, Mint: Uncertain in western Gandhara, Reference: HGC 12 637, Senior 98.350T, Provenance: Odysseus Numismatique France, Obverse: The King riding on the right, raising his hand and holding a whip, letter kharosthi in the field. The Inscription reads: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΖΟΥ, Reverse: Athena standing right, raising her hand and holding a spear and a shield, two monograms in the fields. Kharoshthi legend.
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Very nice collection! I only have this Maues.

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Indo-Skythian Kings. Maues.
Circa 125-85 BCE
AE 29.31mm 10.13g
Obverse: Head of elephant right, with bell around neck
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ / MAVOY, caduceus, monogram in left field
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3 hours ago, kirispupis said:

Very nice collection! I only have this Maues.

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Indo-Skythian Kings. Maues.
Circa 125-85 BCE
AE 29.31mm 10.13g
Obverse: Head of elephant right, with bell around neck
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ / MAVOY, caduceus, monogram in left field
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I love it! Definitely a classic and on my list. Thank you for posting!

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@LONGINUS

Lovely group....Particularly like that small square Maues drachm, wonderful detail!...

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Sunga Dynasty 1/4 Karshapana 185-173 BC
Cast Copper approx 14mm diameter 1.6gr
Obverse..Elephant without (top coin) with (bottom coin) rider.
Reverse..Chaitya, with crescent above.
Mitchiner ACW-4366

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5 hours ago, Prieure de Sion said:

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Azes I, Tetradrachm of the Indo-Skythian Kingdom Period ca. 58/12 BC, Material: Silver, Diameter: 24mm, Weight: 9.73g, Mint: Uncertain in western Gandhara, Reference: HGC 12 637, Senior 98.350T, Provenance: Odysseus Numismatique France, Obverse: The King riding on the right, raising his hand and holding a whip, letter kharosthi in the field. The Inscription reads: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΖΟΥ, Reverse: Athena standing right, raising her hand and holding a spear and a shield, two monograms in the fields. Kharoshthi legend.

That’s a beauty, @Prieure de Sion! The finest I’ve seen!

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Diwali is celebrated for multiple reasons across India due to its rich cultural and religious heritage. However, most Hindus associate it with the triumphant return of Prince Rama, Sita, and his brother Laxmana to Ayodhya  after they defeat Ravana, the legendary demon King of Lanka, after a 14 year exile. It is one of the most popular epics in India and South East Asia, next to the Mahabharata. Here is a coin that depicts the epic. Alas, the other coins that I have need to be photographed...

Thanjavur Nayakas: Raghunatha Nayaka (1614-1640) Æ Kasu (MCSI-743; Ganesh-489)

Obv: Standing Rama, Sita & Laxmana
Rev: Devanagari legend श्री रघु / नाथा (Sri Raghu / natha) in two lines

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And to add to the Indo-Scythian coins, here is a new one I acquired a few weeks ago:

 

Indo-Scythian: Azes II (ca. 35-12 BCE) AE Pentachalkon (Mitchiner 2298)

Obv: Elephant walking r., tamgha above; Greek legend around.

Rev: Humped bull (zebu) standing r., mongram above; Kharoshthi legend around.

 

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