Jump to content

Walking on an unknown path - Indo-Greek


Recommended Posts

Today I attended a numismatic show (well, the term is too optimistic - actually, a monthly gathering of sellers of various objects, but not all related to numismatics). Usually I just go to say hello to a a seller I know and I like to discuss with, but today I found something - a little surprising. I suspected it's ancient, I had a rough idea about what it is but it wasn't my area. Since the price was OK, I decided to have a go. Especially since the prize won from @Nerosmyfavorite68's contest demanded a new coin. 

After some struggles in attributing it, I think I managed to do it. 


23 mm, 9,75 g.
Indo-Greek Kingdoms. Bactria. Apollodotus I 174-165 BC. Ӕ square hemiobol.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΠΟΛΛΟΔΟΤΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ, Apollo radiate, standing facing, holding arrow in right hand and bow in left arm / [Transliteration: mahārājasa apaladatasa tratarasa – “of the great king Apollodotus the savior”] - Tripod; dotted border. Monogram: Bopearachchi Monogram 51 symbol, consists of Ε and Α - image.png.7b3e08f57fd7b02470f3b5d5cda06164.png
Original reverse legend (in Kharoṣṭhī): image.png.aa91e6cb1587aac9ec0c83c8881bd5c2.png
Bactrian and Indo-Greek Coinage Apollodotus I 6.4; Bopearachchi 6.D.

I did not have too much info about this history chapter. 

Apollodotus I (some sources - 180-160 BC, others - 175-164 BC) was an Indo-Greek king who ruled the southern and western parts of the kingdom. He was the first king who ruled in India only - therefore the first "proper" Indo-Greek king. 

His coinage is abundant and a representative part are the square bilingual coins - many more interesting than mine, depicting animals. 

Please post anything you feel relevant. 

  • Like 12
  • Clap 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted · Supporter

Nice new Baktrian and good work identifying it!

It's a slippery slope, as they are fun and have cool iconography. Here are some of mine starting with the same type as your new coin:


Apollodotus I

Indo-Greeks, (160-150 BC), Copper Square Hemi-Obol, Obv: apollo standing, holding bow and arrow, greek around legend 'BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΠOΛΛOΔOTOY ΣΩTHPOΣ', Rev: tripod within dotted border, khroshthi legend 'maharajasa apaladatasa tratarasa', 10.05g, 22.33x22.63mm, (Mitch. Vol.2 # type 209), about very fine+.


Eukratides (171-145 BC), Bronze Unit, BN series 19, 8.99g. Obv: Helmeted bust of king, Greek legend BASILEOS MEGALOU EUKRATIDOU. Rev: Dioskuroides on horseback; Kharoshthi legend above and below Maharajasa Ewukratidasa.

Ex: Timeline Auc



BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom. Circa 130-125 BC. Æ (20x20mm, 8.82 g, 12h). Indian standard. Head of Herakles right, lion’s skin tied around neck, club over shoulder / Elephant advancing right; monograms in exergue. Bopearachchi 8A; SNG ANS 1040-7. VF, dark green patina


Menander I

BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom. circa 165/55-130 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16 mm, 2.49 g, 12 h), Indian standard, uncertain mint in Paropamisadai or Gandhara. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ - MENANΔPOY Draped bust of Menander I to right, wearing crested helmet adorned with pelt and wing. Rev. 'Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa' (in Kharoshti) Athena advancing left, holding shield on left arm and brandishing thunderbolt with her right; to right, monogram. Bopearachchi 16l. HGC 12, 193. Light doubling on the obverse and with a minor flan crack, otherwise, very fine.

Purchased from Leu Feb 2022


Edited by Ryro
  • Like 9
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Ryro said:



Menander I Soter

Beautiful BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom.. Circa 155-130 BC. Æ Unit (15mm, 3.1 g, 12h). Head of elephant facing slightly right, wearing bell around neck / Club of Herakles upward; monogram to right. Bopearachchi 28D; SNG ANS 920-2


This is a coin of Lysias, not Menander. The legend reads ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΙΚΗΤΟΥ ΛΥΣΙΟΥ on the obverse

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1
  • Yes 1
  • Cool Think 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted · Supporter
1 hour ago, Cordoba said:

This is a coin of Lysias, not Menander. The legend reads ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΙΚΗΤΟΥ ΛΥΣΙΟΥ on the obverse

Oops! Good call and thanks for saying something. I was hurrying to get the IDs added. That's what I get for posting when I should be working. Post is updated with correct identification. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...